We’ll do our full coverage of this week’s roster moves tomorrow, but two reunions this week are worth special attention – Junior Seau returning to New England and Mark Tauscher returning to Green Bay. Here are some thoughts on both moves.
The Patriots brought back Junior Seau, who will now take part in his 19th NFL season. He’s no longer the wide-ranging playmaker he was back in his days with the Chargers, but he does provide a veteran presence for a linebacking corps that is incredibly young, especially inside. Jerod Mayo is healthy again, and he’s the real deal, and Gary Guyton has showed flashes. But Seau adds depth in case more injuries strike. This seems more like an insurance policy than an impact move, but for a contender depth can prove to be vital late in the season.
Green Bay has had perhaps the worst offensive line performance of any team in the league. After Chad Clifton got hurt, the Packers have had a gaping hole at left tackle. Daryn Colledge has been a turnstile, allowing Jared Allen 4.5 sacks alone at that spot, and the Packers have given up five sacks per game, which is a ton. So the Packers brought back Tauscher, who is coming back from a bad knee injury that cost him his spot as Green Bay’s starting right tackle. Tauscher has been a Packer since 2000, and his presence could help. But getting Clifton back from his ankle injury, which could happen as soon as this week, would be a far more important move.