Green Bay has reportedly made its first move of the 2016 offseason, retaining a versatile piece of its defensive line.
The official opening of free agency is still about a month away, but Ted Thompson is apparently getting a head start on re-signing his players before they hit the open market.
Earlier this week, we broke down the Packers' defensive linemen set to hit free agency. Both B.J. Raji and Letroy Guion will be unrestricted free agents for the second straight season, and both players have made significant contributions to the team over the past few years.
On Friday morning, ESPN's Adam Caplan provided the first report of the Packers retaining one of those players on a long-term deal:
#Packers and DT Letroy Guion have agreed in principle to a 3-year, $11.25m deal, per league source.
— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) February 12, 2016
Following his offseason arrest in early 2015, Guion signed a one-year deal that had a significant portion of the compensation tied up in per-game active roster bonuses. In large part, the structure of that deal was built to anticipate a suspension for his arrest, which came down as a three-game ban. Ultimately, that meant his 2015 deal ended up earning him a total value of about $2.5 million.
ESPN's Rob Demovsky reports that the deal will actually be $11.75 million total over three years, but in either case, Guion will get a raise to nearly $4 million per season on this new contract and some security for the next few years.
Guion has been a valuable piece to the line the past two years in Green Bay, serving as the team's starting nose tackle in 2014 when Raji was lost for the season due to a torn biceps. In 2015, he provided depth at both nose tackle and the five-technique end position, and started at end in four games. He recorded 21 total tackles in his 13 games.
We will update you with terms of the contract as we learn more.
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