The Packers have several key players whose contracts are up at the end of the season and they locked one of them down, agreeing to a five-year contract extension with OG Josh Sitton on Friday.
"It's a big weight off my shoulders," said Sitton, who will start at right guard this season. "That was what we said from the beginning, that we wanted to get it done before the season. That way I didn't have to deal with it and I could just focus on playing football. That's what I do. I'm a football player.
"This is where I wanted to end up," he said. "It's a first-class organization. I love the way things are done here."
Sitton has started all 16 games in each of the past two seasons.
TE Jermichael Finley and RB Ryan Grant also have contracts that expire at the end of the 2011 season.
The way we see it
It was widely assumed that Sitton, who has really settled in as one of the league's more solid guards, would be first in line for a new deal among the host of key Packers players entering their contract years, including Jermichael Finley, Jordy Nelson, Matt Flynn and Ryan Grant, among others.
Sitton has not missed a snap in two seasons, and nothing ever fazes him. This is money well spent.