Jeff Saturday could retire a Colt following release by Packers
Though Jeff Saturday signed a two-year, $7.75 million contract with the Green Bay Packers as a free agent last summer, he indicated his plans to retire after the 2013 Pro Bowl. Jeff Saturday had a disappointing season starting 14 games for the Green Bay Packers, before eventually being benched in favor of Evan Dietrich-Smith with two games remaining in the regular season. However, Jeff Saturday displayed a special degree of class and character while with the Green Bay Packers en route to his sixth Pro Bowl appearance, where despite playing for opposing conference, he setup a snap for AFC quarterback Peyton Manning. As a former Indianapolis Colts quarterback, Peyton Manning spent over a decade with Jeff Saturday, when he used to be the Colts’ center.
The former undrafted free agent Jeff Saturday became the Indianapolis Colts’ full-time starting center in 2000. Jeff Saturday finished 13 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, while starting 188 of 197 games, and being selected five times to the Pro Bowl while with the team. The two-time All-Pro also made two Super Bowl appearances with the Indianapolis Colts, including the Super Bowl XLI win over the Chicago Bears.
There have been no recent discussions between Jeff Saturday and the Indianapolis Colts officials regarding Saturday’s retirement as a Colt, since he was previously still under contract with the Green Bay Packers. But since that stage is clear now, the Indianapolis Colts could offer Jeff Saturday a ceremonial one-day contract to let him retire with the franchise.
As Jeff Saturday indicated in an interview earlier, there’s existing possibility of his retirement with the Colts, and there only the matter of the appropriate the timing of the one-day contract that needs to be worked out.
“(Indianapolis Colts Owner Jim) Irsay was always completely on board with that and had contacted me to do that,” said Jeff Saturday. “It just takes time to get things done.’’
According to sources, such a deal could some into shape by next month or so.
The 37-year-old Jeff Saturday started 202 of 211 career games during 14 NFL seasons.