As it turns out, the Packers have chosen a fourth option: All of the above. Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com reports the Packers have agreed to terms with Tauscher on a two-year contract, about a week after Clifton signed a three-year deal. The team hasn't officially announced the agreement, but coach Mike McCarthy hinted one could be looming while speaking to reporters Friday at the Packers' FanFest event.
As we discussed last month, Green Bay had a complex decision to make. Tauscher finished the season in better physical standing than Clifton, who has struggled with knee, ankle and shoulder injuries over the past two years. But the Packers' top in-house backup, T.J. Lang, is more suited to play right tackle and there are no guarantees the team will find an immediate replacement in the draft.
Tauscher, on the other hand, performed too well over the second half of the 2009 season to be cast aside. So the answer in the NFL's uncapped environment was to bring both players back. I presume Lang will a serve as a super-backup who could one day take over for Tauscher. But not yet.
The only remaining question mark for the Packers' 2010 offensive line is left guard Daryn Colledge, a restricted free agent who has not yet signed his tender. Assuming he returns, Colledge might have to compete with Lang or fellow restricted free agent Jason Spitz to retain his job.