McCarthy would like to see Guion return

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Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Letroy Guion (98) raises his helmet triumphantly as he leaves the field after the Packers defeated the Eagles.

PHOENIX – There appears to be mutual interest in Letroy Guion's return to the Green Bay Packers now that his criminal case has been resolved.

"He's been an excellent addition to our football team and it would be great to get Letroy back," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Wednesday morning during the NFC coaches breakfast at the NFL annual meeting. "Just from my conversations with him, I know he wants to be a Green Bay Packer."

Guion's criminal case was resolved Tuesday. He was arrested Feb. 3 with about two-thirds of a pound of marijuana in his hometown of Starke, Fla. The free agent defensive tackle reached a plea agreement of no contest. He will pay a $5,000 fine and the charges were dismissed.

In his only season with the Packers after signing a one-year, $1 million contract, Guion had 32 tackles and 3.5 sacks and was an integral piece of the Packers' defensive line after B.J. Raji sustained a season-ending biceps injury in training camp. Guion had played the previous six seasons with the Minnesota Vikings.

"Good football player," McCarthy said. "Really was excited about Letroy when he came available. Competing against him, I thought he played very well against us the year before. We played the Vikings three times that year."

Guion still is subject to discipline by the NFL for violation of the league's substance abuse and/or personal conduct policies. If so, he could face a suspension of undetermined length.

"That's all part of the roster building philosophy," McCarthy said. "Those kind of things you kind of keep in house and continue to talk about, but I think to a man, everybody would like to see Letroy be a Green Bay Packer."

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