Daryn Colledge, the starting left guard for the Super Bowl champion Packers, is waving goodbye to Green Bay.
Colledge tweeted Thursday that after contract talks with the Arizona Cardinals, his time with the Packers has come to an end after starting 76 games over five seasons.
”Thanks for the love guys,” Colledge tweeted. ”It truly breaks my heart to leave. It has been my greatest honor.”
Colledge then embraced his new team, changing his Twitter profile photo to a Cardinals logo.
Amid multiple reports that Colledge had agreed to terms on a deal with Arizona, there was no immediate word from the Packers or Cardinals. Free agents may negotiate deals this week but are not permitted to sign with their new teams until Friday.
Green Bay still has decisions to make on other free agents, including wide receiver James Jones – who may be attracting interest from division rival Minnesota – and running backs Brandon Jackson and John Kuhn.
Packers general manager Ted Thompson was careful to avoid discussing any free agents during his presentation at the Packers’ annual shareholders meeting at Lambeau Field on Thursday morning. He skipped his usual position-by-position analysis of the roster, saying it wouldn’t be ”appropriate or fair” to talk about players who might not be there when the team reports to training camp Friday.
Thompson did assure the estimated 11,700 shareholders in attendance that the team intends to contend for another Super Bowl this season.
”We’ll be fine,” Thompson said. ”We’ve got a good core of players with good heads on their shoulders.”
Earlier this week, the Packers told veteran linebacker Nick Barnett that he would not be returning, and more cuts were expected later Thursday.