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Packers Release Letroy Guion

The Packers decided today to release veteran defensive lineman Letroy Guion, who was slated to miss the first four games of the season due to suspension. Just a few days ago, PackersNews.com's Michael Cohen basically asked Ted Thompson why Guion was still on the team after multiple infractions. Thompson's cryptic response was "We're not there yet." 

Well, something must have happened to get Thompson "there" in the space of just a few days. Packersnews.com's Tom Silverstein speculates that perhaps the team learned that Guion would face an additional suspension as a result of his DUI arrest in Hawaii back in June.

Whatever the reason, the Packers made the move despite recent draft pick Montravious Adams possibly starting the season on IR with a foot injury that required recent surgery. Of course, Mike Daniels is an All-Pro in the making and Kenny Clark and Dean Lowry have been drawing high praise from the Packers' coaches this camp. The Packers picked up veteran Ricky Jean Francois as a solid rotational backup along the DL and then either Christian Ringo or Brian Price is likely to hold down the final spot if Montravious Adams does not return.

While Guion had his share of off-field issues, he was a steady performer for the Packers on the field, playing in 44 of 48 games with the team and earning praise from Aaron Rodgers as a "great teammate."

None of that matters now, however, as Guion's time with the Packers is over.

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Denver's picture

It had to be done.

Spock's picture

Denver,
Agreed. Just too much non "Packer people" with him. The Packers have bent over backwards for this guy and he's just not a "learner". Sadly, he could have had a decent career if he could have just kept his nose clean. What a waste of his football talent.

Oppy's picture

He could have had a decent career... And he has.

Most NFL careers end after 3 years. Guion was drafted in 2008, and even fewer 5th round picks make it as far as he has.

Also, I think it is almost a guarantee he's on somebody's 53 for week 1.
His career isn't over I don't think.

Rossonero's picture

I'm surprised he lasted this long. Sounded like he wasn't having that good of a camp at times, from the snippets I heard. Either way, for a guy that said how much he appreciated the Packers standing by him after his arrest in Florida for a gun, weed and money, he sure didn't know how to keep his act together. He was just an OK player, but his suspensions were too frequent to warrant a roster spot.

sonomaca's picture

A bit surprising given that Adams is hurt. Sounds like a core of confidence in Ringo or Price?

The TKstinator's picture

The Price is right.

Oppy's picture

Assuming Price makes it on the field this year, I'm waiting for the first time he takes a guy off his cleats so I can jump up and holler "Price check, B*thces!"

Since '61's picture

Good riddance to Guion. Goodson and Gunther next hopefully. Thanks, Since '61

stockholder's picture

Why didn't you add Allison?

Since '61's picture

Primarily for two reasons. First, except for Trevor Davis and Janis I haven't seen any of the other WRs in camp play a down in an NFL game yet. As of today, I'd prefer to have Allison as our #4 WR over either Davis or Janis. Secondly, Allison actually made some plays for us last season and I believe that he may still have some upside. If I see that Dupre or another rookie WR is better than Allison and can improve our WR corps then I'd be fine if there is no room for Allison. But, again, as of today I haven't seen a reason for cutting Allison. I've seen plenty of reasons to let Guion, Gunther and Goodson go. In fairness Goodson is injured and likely won't be able to play this season anyway. Guion ineffective on the field as a player and off the field as a citizen. Gunther is worth 7-10 points per game, at least, for the opposition. Thanks, Since '61

Jonathan Spader's picture

I don't see the Packers cuttong Gunther. He isn't a #1 CB like they had him play last year out of desperation but he ahould be able to handle #3 and 4 WRs that lack speed. Cutting Guion saved the Packers cap space and gets rid of a player with off the field issues. Cutting Gunter saves the Packers next to nothing cutting Gunter and Goodson leaves the Packers as thin at CB as we are at OLB. With no more Herb Waters we need to keep 1 or both of them to have depth at CB/Special Teams.

Thegreatreynoldo's picture

Releasing Guion now or on October 1 has the exact same cap consequences. There is no upside to doing it now, and some possible downsides. Perhaps Guion decided to plead guilty.

Goodson sustained a "gruesome" knee injury. He is on an exempt list currently. I am pretty certain he isn't going to play for anyone in 2017, so cutting him (waived injured) or leaving him on the exempt list doesn't make us thinner at CB, or provide depth, unless having a name of a guy who physically can't play on a piece of paper constitutes depth.

The only question about Gunter is whether he provides more usefulness on the field than Hawkins, Pipkens, or Pringle. I'll watch the preseason to form that opinion. While Gunter might match up decently with some possession receivers, the opposing OC is unlikely to oblige if he can help it. I am not sure that he can even play safety, and we're loaded there anyway.

The TKstinator's picture

Man, you are on a roll! "Gruesomer": awesome.
"Name of a guy who can't physically play on a piece of paper constitutes depth": also very good.
If you were a halfback I'd hand you the ball on every play. (The way the Oilers used to feed Earl Campbell)

Keep it coming, amigo!

Tundraboy's picture

Two roster spots more that are being underutilized for sure,, although I think Gunther is worth keeping for the time being.

MarkinMadison's picture

Gunter's best attribute is height. The Packers now have a taller King and a more effective House to cover that base. I like him. I want him to be good. I just don't know if there will be room for him with a wealth of talent at S and a lot of good competition at CB.

Oppy's picture

I'd argue that Gunter's best attribute is his ability to be thrown in the fire, completely over-matched, and not blink.

He was put in a horrible situation last season due to unforeseen (and unlikely) need and performed admirably considering his experience, athleticism, and talent level.

GBPDAN1's picture

I believe the team picks up approx 3M by releasing Guion? This should bring the cap space to approximately 21M. I hope Ted picks up another OLB with some of this money. The problem is that no one of value is left in FA and I doubt any teams are going to release a half way decent OLB pass rusher during cut downs. The depth at OLB on this team scares me. I hope I'm wrong. We'll know how the back ups look by the end of preseason. Hoping for the best

Thom Tedson's picture

I guess the only question now is "When do the Vikings call to bring him back into the fold?". He is now a Packer cast-off after all...

The TKstinator's picture

Whoa...MN to GB back to MN? Crazy!

croatpackfan's picture

I suppose TT get info from NFL that Guion will be suspended for a season. In that case, there is no benefit to keep him on the roster. Now he can bring another UDFA to the mix.

That sounds logical to me!

sonomaca's picture

Can we please give Raji a call now.

MarkinMadison's picture

Raji is knee-deep in baby back ribs at this point. He ain't never coming back. Forget about it.

Finwiz's picture

They must be fairly certain Raji has lost he desire, the drive, to train and play. I thought for sure he'd be back, being relatively young and they were speaking highly of him.
He must lack the motivation to play anymore, because we could sure use him. Now it might be too long, and too late to come back.

sonomaca's picture

You never know. Anyone know if he's in shape?

The TKstinator's picture

Yes.
Pear.

stockholder's picture

Why? Raji made his money. He doesn't need to come back, and the Packers can do without him.

Oppy's picture

Raji wasn't good enough to double dip

stockholder's picture

I believe MM, and maybe even Guion wanted it that way. Family Night? I thought it was always his Family problems . To bad he'll only end up broke and blame others for his own actions.

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