The Indianapolis Colts could use the services of a veteran offensive linemen as they look to improve the unit. Guard Josh Sitton was released by the Green Bay Packers Saturday — should the Colts be interested?
With Thornton’s season ending before it had even started, the Colts are now one offensive linemen short — a bad sign for a team who has spent their entire offseason trying to build the unit from the ground.
Sitton, a three-time pro-bowler, was released by the Packers Saturday. He had spent eight seasons with the team after being drafted in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft.
According to Adam Schefter, Sitton plans to visit with the Chicago Bears, followed by the New Orleans Saints.
While it is unknown what other teams Sitton may be meeting with, it poses the question as to whether or not Colts’ General Manager Ryan Grigson should be willing to contact Sitton’s agent regarding a meeting with the team.
The Thornton news doesn’t help the Colts’ situation at the offensive line, but it isn’t necessarily an emergency given the fact that Thornton was looking more and more like the No. 2 right guard behind Denzelle Good.
Last week it had been believed that left guard Jack Mewhort‘s season would be over due to what was believed to be a torn ACL. After initial reports however, Mewhort was expected to miss just two-to-four weeks with a mild knee injury.
With Anthony Castonzo playing poorly throughout the preseason, one of the true bright spots of the unit has been rookie Ryan Kelly — a center from Alabama whom the Colts selected with the 18th pick in this year’s draft.
The Packers’ decision to cut Sitton was viewed with mixed reactions around the league. It’s seldom that a team will release a player of his ability out of nowhere. But, GM Ted Thompson probably saw something that none of us could and figured that it was within the team’s best interest to release the 30-year-old guard.
If the Colts are smart, they’ll at least make a small effort to get in touch with Sitton and his agent.
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