The Green Bay Packers added another defensive lineman today who didn’t play in Green Bay last season – this one from the Minnesota Vikings – Letroy Guion. He is being reported to have signed a one-year contract for $730,000, with a $100,000 signing bonus.
Again, a value-driven signing by Ted Thompson.
Does this mean the Packers are trending toward utilizing the 4-3, or at least a version of it next season? Because Green Bay has still not signed two of their own defensive line free agents, Johnny Jolly and Ryan Pickett, this could be a signal that they may not be back in Green Bay.
Though it’s still not out of the question that Green Bay signs those two guys, it’s pretty clear that Packers GM Ted Thompson and Head Coach Mike McCarthy want to go in a different direction with their defense.
Guion was a starter with the Vikings in every game in which he played in 2012 (15) and 2013 (13). Known for his ability to stop the run over his skills as a pass rusher, Guion had a single sack and 21 tackles last season. His best year came in 2012 when he had two sacks and 31 tackles.
At just 26 years old, Guion will have great motivation to prove himself with the Packers and have an opportunity to improve on the contract he just signed.
Another kudo for Thompson in signing both Guion and Peppers is that neither will count in the compensatory draft pick formula next year because they were both released by their previous teams. That means the Packers should still receive a draft pick for the loss of Evan Dietrich-Smith.
That’s all pretty good news for Green Bay.
Though the Packers weren’t about to join in on the feeding frenzy that hit the free agency market the first few days, they have done OK for themselves the past week, signing four of their own free agents (Sam Shields, Mike Neal, Andrew Quarless, and B.J. Raji), as well as Guion and Peppers.
Will there be more? Difficult to say at this point, but given the fact that Ted Thompson is still sitting on a mound of cash, it wouldn’t surprise me if at least a couple more of their own free agents (maybe John Kuhn and another defensive lineman) get re-signed.
Time will tell.
Stay tuned …