The Green Bay Packers made a rare reach into unrestricted free agency and found a new anchor for their offensive line, signing free-agent center Jeff Saturday to a two-year deal Friday.
Saturday, 36, has started 188 regular-season games in 13 NFL seasons, all with the Indianapolis Colts.
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The addition of Saturday, with his experience in the Colts' complex offense, should make for a relatively smooth transition.
It's an uncharacteristic play for a relatively high-profile free agent by general manager Ted Thompson, who built the Packers into consistent contenders primarily by drafting and developing players. Green Bay still might look for a long-term answer at center in next month's NFL draft to learn the position behind Saturday.
"I wanted him to work for (the) team full time but he wanted to go at it one more year ... He's as good of a man as it gets," Irsay wrote on his Twitter account.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.