Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on September 2, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT
Packers guard Josh Sitton has quietly developed into one of the very best at his position. Now he’s going to be paid like it.
Packers.com announced a long-term deal with Sitton on Friday. Terms are unavailable, but Sitton’s comments on Twitter after the news broke indicates that it’s a five-year extension through 2016.
“It’s a big weight off my shoulders,” Sitton said.
The Packers were among the league leaders in salary cap room and G.M. Ted Thompson spent the surplus the way he always spends it: On a talented homegrown draft pick.
“It’s kind of surreal, thinking three and a half years ago sitting in college and not even knowing if I would get drafted or not,” Sitton said.