Mark Tauscher

You could call this forced retirement.

The Green Bay Packers are lopping off the dead weight.

Actually, that’s no way to talk about right tackle [intlink id="224" type="category"]Mark Tauscher[/intlink], who’s been a stalwart for the team for most of 11 seasons, but the Packers made a move that was expected and released the veteran.

Tauscher was scheduled to make more than $4 million this season, which is a hefty price to pay for an insurance policy.

The only question is why the Packers waited until the first day of training camp to make the move.

Tauscher will go into the Packers Hall of Fame one day, but he was only able to play four games last season after rescuing the team from the [intlink id="95" type="category"]Allen Barbre[/intlink] experiment a year before.

Rookie [intlink id="925" type="category"]Bryan Bulaga[/intlink] settled in at right tackle after Tauscher’s injury and solidified the position in 2010.

Despite his long track record of solid play, Tauscher’s age caught up with him last season. Had he been on the roster this season, he would have been nothing more than the right tackle’s potential injury replacement.