Sitton Received Calls From “15 or 16” Teams

As Ryan Pace and John Fox met with Josh Sitton, 15 or 16 teams contacted the free agent guard, Sitton told Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune.

Probably 15 or 16 teams called. Of the ones that were truly serious, there were probably four or five,” Sitton said of the interest that accumulated during his visit with the Bears’ brass.

GMs and coaches contacted 30-year-old guard, along with Kyle Long. Per Wiederer, both Fox and Pace did not give the longtime Packers mainstay the hard sell, instead pitching him what a guard tandem of he and Long would look like. Long, though, did make a more aggressive sales pitch. “He wasn’t going to let up,” Sitton told Wiederer.

However, Chicago’s power structure did have to make their pitch quickly while seeing Sitton’s phone buzz constantly.

But Sitton also did not want to leave the meeting without a deal, having made the 175-mile drive from Green Bay to Chicago on Sunday after quickly retrieving his belongings from the Packers’ locker room following his Saturday release.

I’ve seen what John has done with every team he has been at. He comes in and [turns] the program around. So I wanted to feel that this was a team on the rise,” Sitton said of a meeting at a Chicago-area restaurant.

Sitton ended up signing for three years and $21.75MM and forms one of the league’s top guard tandems, along with the recently extended Long. The Saints were probably another of the serious teams that contacted Sitton, but he did not leave the Chicago summit without a deal.

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3 comments on “Sitton Received Calls From “15 or 16” Teams

  1. hill

    Wtf was Ted Thompson thinking.

    Does anyone have insight as to why Sitton was released? Is there any explanation other than TT grossly over estimating Sittons trade value and waiting way too long to start calling teams?

    • Frank Richard

      Apparently there was some sort of disagreement on the Packers zone blocking style that Sitton did’ like and is caused some arguments with him and coaches. They chose to let him play out the year and weren’t going to extend him which made him more upset and caused more problems and at that point they chose to shop him. They were a little late making that decision because clubs knew at that point they could just wait until he was released.

  2. One Fan

    That is not true Frank. They told him he would have to wait in line for an extension as they were prioritizing younger players whose contracts were coming up.

    Sitton caused zero problems as a result and acted like a Pro. The Packers never made the decision to let him play out the year as you allude to. To the contrary they made a decision to NOT let him play out the year fearing he may be upset as the season wore on. Pure speculation. But you infer they were letting him play and he got mad and was released and that is flat out not true.

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