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- Updated: February 13, 2016
The Green Bay Packers have reportedly agreed to a contract extension with defensive lineman Letroy Guion worth $11.25 million over three years, according to a report first broken by Adam Caplan of ESPN, and in doing so, just overpaid a player that could’ve been had for less.
Letroy Guion, 28, missed the first three games of the 2015 season while serving a suspension that stemmed from an off-season arrest last February. The incident, which ended when Guion pleaded no contest to possession of marijuana and paid a $5,000 fine, squashed talks of a large contract after what had been a career year.
Letroy Guion, filling in for the injured B.J. Raji in 2014, made 32 tackles and recorded 3.5 sacks in a performance that warranted a long-term commitment from the Packers.
But off-field issues triggered on-field complications, and Guion played the 2015 season on a one-year deal worth $2.75 million and only $400,000 in guaranteed money. He returned from suspension to make his debut against the San Francisco 49ers on Oct. 4, and played in every game the rest of the way, including the playoffs.
Though it took him several weeks to round into form, Guion finished the year on a high note and turned in some of his best performances over the final two months. Using his massive frame and impressive strength — he stands 6 feet 3½ inches tall and weighs 335 pounds — Guion proved to be stout against the run, making a number of block-shedding plays that stood out on film.
He finished the regular season with 21 tackles, including two tackles for loss, but his pass-rushing numbers endured a significant decline. Guion managed just one quarterback hit in 2015 and failed to record a sack.
Set to become a free agent in March, Guion is now the second defensive lineman signed by the Packers before hitting the open market. The team previously reached a four-year, $41 million extension with Daniels, another player who would have been a free agent, and made him a cornerstone of the years to come.
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