Saturday will retire with Colts, not Packers

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Jeff Saturday wants to retire this offseason as a member of the Indianapolis Colts. However, with the Green Bay Packers still holding the veteran center’s contractual rights, Saturday needs to first be released.

Saturday’s agent, Ralph Cindrich, posted a message on his Twitter account Friday afternoon confirming the retirement announcement of the six-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman. Saturday had told an Indianapolis radio station before the Pro Bowl that he would retire after appearing in that game.

Cindrich added that once the Packers release Saturday, the 37-year-old will then re-sign with the Colts for a day and retire.

Saturday spent 13 years in Indianapolis, where he snapped the ball to quarterback Peyton Manning with much success, including a Super Bowl XLI title.

Saturday signed a two-year contract with the Packers last offseason. However, late in the season, coach Mike McCarthy benched the struggling Saturday in favor of young offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith.

The respect level across the NFL for Saturday was evident when he was still voted to the Pro Bowl. Despite Saturday playing for the NFC and former Colts teammate Manning for the AFC, the two got on the field together for one snap in that game. Manning gave the game ball to Saturday as the two embraced.

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