Green Bay Packers left tackle Chad Clifton confirmed he plans on returning next season, earlier this week.
There was some thought the 11-year veteran would ride off into the sunset if the Packers win the Super Bowl, but Clifton didn’t hesitate to say no when asked if he might retire.
Although he’s been bothered by two balky knees over the past few seasons, Clifton held is own as a pass blocker and made the Pro Bowl, this season. At this point in his career, he’ll never be confused with an adequate run blocker, but Clifton does have two years left on his contract.
Clifton signed a three-year, $20 million deal with the Packers prior to the 2010 season. Of that, $7.5 million was guaranteed, so if the Packers decide Clifton’s time is up and want to part ways with him, the option is available.
The team will certainly want to get a look at Bryan Bulaga at left tackle sometime soon.