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Feeling Chilly: Bush Says Chillar May Return to Packers

GREEN BAY, WI - AUGUST 26: Brandon Chillar #54 of the Green Bay Packers turns to give insturctions to teammates during a preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lambeau Field on August 26, 2010 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Colts 59-24. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Justis MosquedaFeatured ColumnistMarch 4, 2012

According to Green Bay Packers cornerback Jarrett Bush, former inside linebacker Brandon Chillar might return to Green Bay for the 2012 season.

Chillar played for Green Bay for three years and earned a four-year contract before he was cut due to injury. Last year he retired and assisted in the making of the Elite Football League of India, which will start play in 2012.

The former UCLA Bruin is a solid-cover linebacker and will most likely get the third down snaps over A.J. Hawk if his play goes back to what it was pre-injury.

The inside linebacker corp was solid, but not great for Green Bay last year. A.J. Hawk signed a big contract, but got lost in passing downs. Desmond Bishop racked up plenty of tackles and is a solid blitzing backer. After that, there are two rookies who played sparingly last year—Robert Francois and DJ Williams—which both showed flashes at the position and on special teams.

The only issue might be the salary cap, as Green Bay tries to either sign Wells or a free agent center to fill his spot this offseason. The Packers also have plenty of key players such as Greg Jennings, T.J. Lang and Sam Shields, whose contracts end next season. 

If Green Bay can get him to sign somewhere close to the veteran minimum and he can maximize his potential on passing downs, the Chillar signing might make more sense than most fans realize.

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