By signing Josh Sitton to a contract extension today, the Packers have retained the services of their best lineman and averted him becoming a free agent after this season.
The Packers announced on their website today the signing of Sitton, but the terms of the deal were not available yet – on his Twitter account, Sitton said the deal was for six years, which probably includes this season.
Sitton said on the Packers website, “It’s a big weight off my shoulders. That was what we said from the beginning, that we wanted to get it done before the season. That way I didn’t have to deal with it, and I could just focus on playing football. That’s what I do. I’m a football player.”
In addition to Sitton, the Packers have other signing priorities, including Jermichael Finley and Jordy Nelson … their contracts expire at the end of the this season. Published reports are also indicating that the team will probably have to to re-do Aaron Rodgers’ contract after the year is out. It was 2008 when he last received an extension.
Like what they did with Donald Driver and Charles Woodson last year and now with Sitton, the Packers like to complete contract extensions before the season begins.
There was no indication that the team was close to signing any other players at this point.