Chad Clifton Signs Three-Year Deal with Green Bay Packers

Thomas HoweCorrespondent IMarch 6, 2010

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 13: Chad Clifton #76 of the Green Bay Packers participates in warm-ups before a game against the Chicago Bears on September 13, 2009 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Bears 21-15. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Chad Clifton and the Green Bay Packers have struck a deal to keep the veteran pass protector at Lambeau Field.

News just reported by Adam Schefter of ESPN.com, revealed that the deal is three years, $20 million, $7.5 million guaranteed.

This is pleasing news for Packer fans and more importantly Aaron Rodgers, who was keen for his blind-side protector to remain with the Pack.

Clifton, who was injured a great deal last season, performed admirably for Green Bay playing hurt, surrendering just 4.5 sacks, 17 QB pressures and nine negative runs that gained a yard or less.

This news comes as a huge relief for the Packer nation, as its divisional rivals both signed pass rush threats today, as the free agent market began.

Chicago signed Pro Bowl defensive end Julius Peppers, to a six year deal, reported to be around $79.8 million, with $40 million guaranteed in the first three seasons. The former Panther's first round selection, has completed his eighth year in the league and recorded 81 sacks and forcing 30 fumbles.

Jim Schwartz today also found himself a pass rusher, in former player Kyle Vanden Bosch. Vanden Bosch played for Schwartz in Tennessee, where he, along with Albert Haynesworth, became a dominate force for the Titans.

In today’s recent acquisitions, it became imperative for Green Bay to secure Clifton’s services for another season. Although 34, Clifton still has a lot of experience and leadership to give to the Pack and will be invaluable for Green Bay if healthy next year.

Clifton looks forward to Peppers, Vanden Bosch, and Allen for six weeks of next year’s season.

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