Packers Keep Guion

After a tumultuous start to the offseason, Letroy Guion and the Packers have agreed to a one-year contract. Statistically, Guion was the defensive line's best run defender last season. (Andrew Weber/USA TODAY)

The Green Bay Packers, as expected, have reached an agreement with free-agent nose tackle Letroy Guion.

ESPN.com’s Rob Demovsky reported the news on Monday morning, and a source confirmed that report of a one-year deal.

Guion and his agent, Seth Katz, had been working on a new contract dating to late last season and through the Senior Bowl. However, all of that was complicated when Guion was arrested on Feb. 3. He was pulled over in his hometown of Starke, Fla., and police found 357 grams of marijuana, an unloaded gun and more than $190,000 in cash.

On Tuesday, Guion accepted a plea deal in which he was fined $5,000 plus court costs, with the incident being erased from his record.

Last offseason, Guion was released by the Vikings and signed by the Packers on a one-year deal worth $730,000 with a cap number of $985,000. His spot on the roster appeared in jeopardy due to a hamstring injury that kept him out of most of the first month of training camp.

When B.J. Raji went down with a torn biceps tendon in the third preseason game, Guion stepped to the forefront. Once he knocked off the rust, he became one of the team’s top defenders. A 16-game starter for the first time in his career, he tallied a career-high 62 tackles. According to league data, teams averaged 0.58 yards less per carry with Guion on the field compared to when he was on the sideline. That was the top rate among the Packers’ defensive linemen. He even added surprising impact in the passing game with 3.5 sacks and 10 quarterback hits (fourth-most on the team), according to the coaches’ stats. (Raji hasn’t had a sack since Thanksgiving 2011).

“Obviously players, all of us, the decisions you make off the field you’re totally responsible for. And he’s accepted full responsibility,” coach Mike McCarthy said at the Scouting Combine. “I stand by what I said during the season, after the season. I thought he was an impactful personality and played good football for us. And I’m hopeful we get past this and the monitoring gives us the green light to go forward. But I’d love to have Letroy back.”

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