GREEN BAY, WI (WHBL) - After 13 seasons, it appears that left tackle Chad Clifton’s career is over with the Green Bay Packers. E-S-P-N said this morning that the Packers plan to release the 35-year-old Clifton. And the Green Bay Press-Gazette said the move could come before the end of the day. Clifton has long anchored the left side of the Packers’ offensive line – but he only played in six regular season games last year due to hamstring and back injuries. He returned for the playoffs, but was replaced by Marshall Newhouse in Green Bay’s divisional-round loss to the New York Giants. At last month’s N-F-L owners’ meetings, coach Mike McCarthy said Clifton would still be in the mix for this season if he’s healthy enough. But money could also be a consideration. Clifton was scheduled to make five-and-a-quarter million dollars this year, plus another half-million in reporting and workout bonuses. Those would all be taken off the salary cap if he’s released. And the amount could be close to what the Packers would need to sign 12 picks they’re currently scheduled to have when the N-F-L Draft takes place Thursday night through Saturday. Should Clifton leave, either Newhouse or last year’s top pick Derek Sherrod could replace him.
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