Letroy Guion, Packers Agree to New Contract: Latest Details and Reaction

Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistFebruary 12, 2016

Green Bay Packers nose tackle Letroy Guion (98) celebrates after a play against the St. Louis Rams during an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, in Green Bay, Wis. The Packers won 24-10. (Jeff Haynes/AP Images for Panini)
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The Green Bay Packers prevented defensive tackle Letroy Guion from hitting free agency this offseason by signing him to a three-year contract as the team announced.

ESPN's Adam Caplan was the first to report the three-year deal worth $11.25 million, while ESPN.com's Rob Demovsky reported that the pact is worth $11.75 million.

The 28-year-old Guion has spent each of the past two seasons with the Packers, appearing in 13 games during the 2015 campaign and registering 21 tackles.

Guion was suspended for three games this past season after an arrest for felony marijuana possession. Per Michael Cohen and John Diedrich of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Guion was also previously charged with stalking and was involved in two domestic violence incidents, although two of the charges were dropped and one was resolved out of court.

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy expressed disappointment in Guion last year for his legal issues, but he also seemed confident he would redeem himself in that regard, according to Cohen:

He has a personal situation he is with right now. We had a long conversation after his incident down there in Florida. It's in the legal process right now. He made a mistake. Frankly, I'm disappointed. He's disappointed. ... But all of our players know that our program is about protecting the brand and the tradition of the Green Bay Packers. Those were the first things that came out of his mouth in the phone call. He made a mistake, so we’re working forward.

Guion has stayed out of trouble off the field since that incident, although his on-field production dropped off a bit in 2015. In 2014, he started all 16 games for the Pack, racking up 41 tackles and 3.5 sacks along the way.

It was a career year for Guion, who previously spent six seasons with the Minnesota Vikings after they selected him in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL draft out of Florida State.

If Guion can return to the form he displayed in 2014, re-signing him will be a significant move for Green Bay.

He is capable of playing defensive end in the Packers' 3-4 scheme, but if they lose nose tackle B.J. Raji to free agency, the 322-pound Guion can move into the middle as well.

Versatility is extremely important in Green Bay's defense, and that is arguably Guion's greatest asset. 

The 2015 season was a difficult one for him due to the suspension, but with the knowledge that he has a full 16-game slate ahead of him in 2016, he has a chance to be a high-impact player for the Packers once again.


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