MILWAUKEE (AP) - The Green Bay Packers released veteran left tackle Chad Clifton on Monday, saying goodbye to a player who anchored their pass protection for more than a decade.
It was not immediately clear whether Clifton will retire or try to play for another team.
"Chad is a great Packer and has been an integral part of our success over the past 12 seasons," Packers general manager Ted Thompson said in a statement. "He was a member of some of the most prolific offenses in team history, but more importantly, he is a great person and teammate. We thank Chad for all that he has given the Packers on the field and in the community and wish him and his family well."
Clifton played 165 career games for Green Bay and ranks second in franchise history for the most games played by an offensive tackle behind only Forrest Gregg, who played in 187. Clifton was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2007 and 2010.
"He's someone we'll continue to talk about and get the reports," McCarthy said at the time. "He's down in Tennessee now, so we'll see how he recovers."
With the draft set to begin with the first round Thursday night, Clifton's future isn't the only major decision facing the Packers this offseason. There also is uncertainty over the future of safety Nick Collins, who sustained a season-ending neck injury last year. It's not clear if Collins will be able to return.
There also has been speculation that the team could part ways with veteran receiver Donald Driver, although McCarthy said at the league meetings that the Packers "absolutely" still had room for Driver.
"I thought Donald, the second half of the season, he played very well," McCarthy said. "His role, as far as opportunities, was not as high as it's been in the past, but I thought Donald was very consistent down the stretch."