Packers re-sign veteran LT Chad Clifton
The Green Bay Packers re-signed veteran left tackle Chad Clifton
on Saturday, wrapping up one of their major offseason concerns
early in the NFL’s free agent signing period.
Clifton will now return to the left tackle spot he has occupied
for most of his 10 seasons in Green Bay. The Packers do not have an
obvious candidate to replace Clifton, and reported interest in the
unrestricted free agent from the Washington Redskins made for some
nervous moments among Packers fans.
Clifton said he always wanted to stay in Green Bay.
“This team has so much talent from top to bottom, a ton of
young talent on both sides of the ball,” Clifton said in a team
release. “That’s undeniable, and it would be foolish not to want
to be a part of that. I think we’ll have a really good team this
coming season. Nothing’s going to be easy, and I believe our
division will be really tough. But this team has a lot of talent, a
lot of potential, and we just have to put that together and see how
Terms were not disclosed, but ESPN.com reported Friday night
that Clifton’s deal was for three years and $20 million, with $7.5
million in guaranteed money.
“We are happy to be able to have Chad as a member of the
Packers,” Packers general manager Ted Thompson said in a
statement. “He has been a valuable teammate and contributor to our
team. We look forward to him continuing to work to help us build
and prepare for a successful 2010 season.”
Losing Clifton would have been a tough blow for the Packers, who
had significant issues on their offensive line last season even
with Clifton in his usual spot. The Packers gave up a league-worst
51 sacks last season, although their pass protection did improve
after the midseason signing of veteran right tackle Mark
Tauscher also is an unrestricted free agent, and his future with
the team is unclear.
Defensive standout Aaron Kampman, who is coming off a major knee
injury and did not always look comfortable in the Packers’ new-look
3-4 defense last season, also is an unrestricted free agent and is
expected to draw interest from teams that run a 4-3 defensive
Clifton’s continued presence also will be critical for the
Packers after two standout pass rushers joined NFC North rivals as
free agents on Friday. Julius Peppers will be playing for the
Chicago Bears next season, and Kyle Vanden Bosch is joining the
Originally drafted by Green Bay in the second round in 2000,
Clifton has played the past 10 seasons for the Packers.
He has appeared in 143 regular-season games with 138 starts at
He has missed just six games over the last seven years since
returning from a significant pelvic injury that ended his 2002
season. He went to the Pro Bowl after the 2007 season and has been
selected as a Pro Bowl alternate three times, including last