The Packers are getting some help along the offensive line.
Veteran offensive tackle Jared Veldheer is signing with the Pack, just days after losing in the playoffs as a member of the Colts.
If he plays on Saturday, he would become the first player in NFL history to play for 2 different teams in the same postseason.
Veldheer is allowed to sign with another team so quickly because he was a member of the Colts’ practice squad.
Just another quirk in a COVID-effected NFL season, I guess.
Now, don’t get me wrong.
This is great work by Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst.
He’s taking advantage of a roster loophole to snag a guy that filled a key role along the Packers’ offensive line last season.
But something about this rubs me the wrong way.
Veldheer started for the Colts in the playoffs on Saturday.
Literally, 3 days ago.
He felt the heartbreak of a playoff loss.
He suffered through the post-game locker room scene, where tears were almost certainly shed.
He rode the team plane home to Indianapolis, presumably in silence and reflection.
And now, he’s just shuffling off to Green Bay for another playoff game this weekend?
Imagine how his Colts teammates feel.
“Hey guys, sorry we lost, but I gotta go chase down this Lombardi Trophy now. See ya later!”
Something about it just doesn’t seem right.
Coaches say it all the time: you win as a team, you lose as a team.
The Packers, Veldheer, and the NFL apparently didn’t get the message.
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