On Monday, the Packers did some housecleaning by releasing Saturday, with the decision announced by general manager Ted Thompson. Why? Most likely so he can sign a one-day contract with the Indianapolis Colts so he can retire with the team with which he spent his first 13 seasons in the NFL.
Saturday signed a two-year deal with the Packers as an unrestricted free agent in March 2012 after being the Colts' starting center since 2000. He became a fan favorite, a key figure in the NFL Players Association and one of Peyton Manning's closest friends. In the Pro Bowl, Saturday – who was selected for the NFC team – lined up with the AFC squad for one play to snap the ball to Manning.
Saturday, a six-time Pro Bowl selection in 14 seasons, was benched as a starter with two games left in the regular season in favor of Evan Dietrich-Smith. The Colts declined comment when contacted by Indianapolis Star reporter Mike Chappell.
In a weekend interview with WRTV-6, Saturday said, "(Owner Jim) Irsay was always completely on board with that and had contacted me to do that. It just takes time to get things done.''
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