As many of us football gurus know, when players threaten to hold out then sign their tenders, they occasionally end up playing for a different team the next season.
Guard Daryn Colledge is no different.
Prior to the draft, the Packers offered Colledge a second round draft tender and according to reports, he was supposedly furious. Colledge came out and denied his frustration saying he was estatic to receive a second round tender. Then why didn't he sign until just recently?
He was furious.
Now that the draft has come and gone, Colledge realized his leverage was lessened when the Packers drafted tackle/guard Marshall Newhouse. The word out of Packers camp is that Newhouse really impressed at rookie orientation camp. He could get time at tackle and guard.
If you ask me, I think he will be a mainstay at guard this season and Colledge will be shipped out closer to training camp, much like Tony Moll last season.
There are also other factors in my reasoning for Colledge to get traded. Those factors are named Jason Spitz, T.J. Lang, and Josh Sitton. Out of that group, Spitz has almost secured one of the guard spots. Many say T.J. Lang is a right tackle, others say guard. Well either way, he is a very good line prospect and should get time at either position. Josh Sitton's game speaks for itself.
With all that said, I see no need for Daryn Colledge, whose words speak louder than his actions. His game last season didn't warrant anything higher than a fourth-round pick but he got a second and that should be a gift for him.
This is the way I see the line shaping up next season and it should be a lot better than in 2009. Bold names are starters.
Left Tackle: Chad Clifton , Bryan Bulaga
Left Guard: Jason Spitz , Marshall Newhouse, T.J. Lang
Center: Scott Wells , Jason Spitz, Evan Dietrich-Smith
Right Guard: Josh Sitton , Marshall Newhouse, T.J. Lang
Right Tackle: Mark Tauscher , T.J. Lang, Marshall Newhouse
This is just my prediction, but we will have to wait and see. I am expecting Colledge to get traded for all the reasons above and some of undrafted linemen rookies (i.e. Nick McDonald, Chris Campbell even though he is a tackle, he could bump and T/G prospect over) are said to have impressed the coaches and could make for more of a case to push Colledge off the team.
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