The Green Bay Packers need at center just got a little bigger as the team moved on from center/guard Greg Van Roten, releasing the the former undrafted free agent yesterday after he spent parts of two seasons with the team.
The news was first reported yesterday and was confirmed today by PackersNews.com. Van Roten also confirmed the news last night as he sent a farewell tweet to the fans of Green Bay:
Thank you Packer Nation for treating me so well during my time in Green Bay! A bitter and sudden ending but a memorable journey nonetheless
— Greg Van Roten (@GVR64) February 11, 2014
During his two seasons with the Packers, Van Roten appeared in seven regular season games and two playoff games. His release comes as a bit of a surprise considering he won the backup center job coming out of training camp. But, my assumption is the Packers don’t believe he will able to compete for the position going forward or that he was just never able to recover from the foot injury he suffered in practice during the team’s bye week.
Unfortunately, the injury not only derailed the former Penn State product’s 2013 season, it also spelled to the end to his career with the Packers.
Van Roten was one of the four centers the Packers had on the roster/practice squad by the end of the season. However, with last season’s starter Evan Dietrich-Smith set to become a free agent this offseason, that leaves 2013 4th-round pick J.C. Tretter and practice squad player Garth Gerhart as the only centers signed for next season.
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