Center Duke Preston Leaves Buffalo For Green Bay Packers

Steven FinchCorrespondent IMarch 27, 2009

ORCHARD PARK, NY - 2008:  Duke Preston of the Buffalo Bills poses for his 2008 NFL headshot at photo day in Orchard Park, New York.  (Photo by Getty Images)

Buffalo Bills GM Russ Brandon cleared house on the offensive line this offseason, and the Green Bay Packers are reaping a reward.

The Bills let center Duke Preston declare for free agency, as they were not convinced Preston was the player they thought they had. He was the 122nd overall pick in the 2005 NFL draft.

Now, the Green Bay Packers have signed Preston to a contract; while terms were not available after the Thursday signing, rumor is that it's a two-year deal.

The four-year player has split time between center and guard. He played in 59 games and started 20 of them. 

He also is the son of former linebacker Ray Preston, who played nine years with the San Diego Chargers. At the age of 26, he still has many years left in him, or at least Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy thinks so.

Preston could compete with Scott Wells and Josh Sitton for the starting position at center. He could possibly fill in at guard.

I, for one, am glad that the Pack signed an offensive lineman; if only he could get one more. With Preston and another OL, the team could focus primarily on defense in this year's draft.

I'm excited to see who the Packers will pick up with no more glaring holes on the offensive line.

How do you feel about the signing?