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Packers may seek veteran to replace Wells

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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The Green Bay Packers may be seeking a veteran to replace departed center Scott Wells, who signed with the St. Louis Rams last week. According to ESPN.com, the Packers have a visit scheduled with free-agent Jeff Saturday, the longtime center for Peyton Manning with the Indianapolis Colts. However, those plans could be limbo now that Manning has chosen to sign with the Denver Broncos. The website reported that: "Saturday was supposed to visit the Green Bay and Tennessee (Titans), but Denver will have great allure due to Manning's arrival, whenever it becomes official." The 36-year-old Saturday is a five-time Pro Bowl selection. Saturday's agent, Ralph Cindrich, has not returned messages left today. He may be one of the only free-agent centers to have the Packers' interest. According to sources, they have not reached out to either Todd McClure (Atlanta Falcons) or Jamaal Jackson (Philadelphia). Among the other veteran centers on the market include Jason Brown (St. Louis), Dan Koppen (New England), Jeff Faine (Tampa Bay) and Andre Gurode (Dallas). Casey Wiegmann (Kansas City) is reportedly mulling retirement. The Packers don't have an heir apparent to Wells on their roster, although journeyman Evan Dietrich-Smith would be the leading incumbent candidate for the job. The Packers also are high on Sampson Genus, a rookie who spent last season on the practice squad.

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