Saturday Visiting; Bush Taking Visits

The Packers need to replace Scott Wells and are looking into five-time Pro Bowler Jeff Saturday. Meanwhile, cornerback and special-teams ace Jarrett Bush is checking out his options.

The Green Bay Packers brought in veteran free agent Jeff Saturday on Monday as they try to adequately replace departed Pro Bowl center Scott Wells.

Saturday's agent, Ralph Cindrich, said on Twitter on Tuesday morning that Saturday is visiting Green Bay on Monday and Tuesday and has "tentative" plans to visit Tennessee on Tuesday and Wednesday and then Denver.

Saturday will turn 37 on June 8 and would be a short-term solution. With that said, Saturday was Pro Football Focus' fifth-ranked center last season. He's been a Pro Bowler five times in the last seven seasons (2005, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010).

Wells, who was PFF's fourth-ranked center, played 1,055 snaps and allowed two sacks, one quarterback hit and six pressures while being flagged twice. Saturday played 1,001 snaps for the Colts last season and allowed two sacks, no quarterback hits and nine pressures while being flagged three times.

Given Saturday's relationship with new Denver quarterback Peyton Manning and the Colts' longtime center-quarterback duo, the Broncos would seem like a logical destination for Saturday. However, the Broncos used a third-round pick in 2010 on J.D. Walton, though Walton was the NFL's worst center, by PFF's measuring stick. He allowed four sacks, four hits and 15 pressures and was flagged three times. As a rookie, Walton ranked 27th out of 30 centers who played at least half of his team's snaps.

Meanwhile, special-teams ace Jarrett Bush has had a free-agent visit with the New York Jets, is visiting the Arizona Cardinals on Monday and could take a visit to Dallas, according to's Aaron Wilson.

Bush and fellow free-agent cornerback Pat Lee led the Packers with 12 tackles on special teams. On defense, he started two games and got extensive playing time against Carolina, at Minnesota and against Detroit. He tallied 21 tackles and set career highs with two interceptions and 1.5 sacks and matched his career high with eight passes defensed.

Bush just finished the final year of a three-year deal worth $4.5 million.

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