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Monday, March 19, 2012
Jeff Saturday's list includes Packers

By Kevin Seifert

We've got our first glimpse of how the Green Bay Packers might move to replace center Scott Wells, who signed Friday with the St. Louis Rams. ESPN's Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter reported Monday that free agent center Jeff Saturday has visits scheduled with several teams, including the Packers.

It has been widely assumed that Saturday would join forces with longtime teammate Peyton Manning, who plans to play this season for the Denver Broncos. But the Packers' apparent interest in Saturday at least means they haven't ruled out the possibility of signing a veteran to replace Wells. Other options include veteran Dan Koppen, who missed most of last season because of a fractured ankle, and Samson Satele, who spent the past three seasons with the Oakland Raiders.

The Packers haven't dipped their toes into veteran free agency often in recent years, having last done so when signing the immortal Duke Preston in 2009. If they don't sign a veteran, the Packers could either elevate backup Evan Dietrich-Smith or draft a center -- possibly Wisconsin's Peter Konz -- and insert him immediately into the lineup.