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Packers bringing in free agent center McGlynn for visit

Mar. 26, 2014
 
Mike McGlynn, who played the last two seasons for the Indianapolis Colts, is scheduled to visit them this week, a spokeperson for McGlynn’s agent confirmed today.
Mike McGlynn, who played the last two seasons for the Indianapolis Colts, is scheduled to visit them this week, a spokeperson for McGlynn’s agent confirmed today.

The Packers are looking at an inexpensive option on the free-agent market for a center to possibly compete with JC Tretter for their starting job.

Mike McGlynn, who played the last two seasons for the Indianapolis Colts, is scheduled to visit them this week, a spokeperson for McGlynn’s agent confirmed today.

McGlynn started 14 games for the Colts last season, including three at center. At 6-feet-4 and 325 pounds, he’s bigger than the centers the Packers have had in coach Mike McCarthy’s offense but more in line with the size they might now prefer for a running game that has become more power oriented the last couple seasons.

McGlynn reportedly struggled at guard last season but played better in his three games at center, though the Colts chose to stick with Samson Satele as the starter when healthy. The Colts then cut Satele this offseason but reportedly haven’t made much attempt to re-sign McGlynn thus far.

The Packers are looking for possible competitors or fallbacks for Tretter, who is the front-runner to replace departed free agent Evan Dietrich-Smith as their starting center. Tretter, a fourth-round draft pick last year, missed most of the 2013 because of a broken ankle, though he recovered well enough to win a spot on their 53-man roster for the final three weeks of the regular season.

The only other center on the Packers' roster is Garth Gerhart, who spent the final 12 games last season on their practice squad.

Backup offensive lineman Don Barclay played some center in training camp last year and could work there again this season. Right guard T.J. Lang was Dietrich-Smith’s injury replacement last season, but the Packers view Lang as a guard long term.

Besides being in the market for an inexpensive veteran free agent, the Packers also could add a center in this year’s draft or undrafted rookie pool.

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