It is officially time to say goodbye to Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Letroy Guion.
Last week, Guion was arrested in Hawaii, while on vacation and celebrating his birthday.
According to the police report obtained by the Associate Press, Guion was aware that he was intoxicated.
“I know I’m drunk,” Guion told police. “I’ve been drinking Hennessy all night. I don’t drink any of that weak stuff, only the hard stuff.”
Bernard Peillon, CEO of Hennessy is probably thrilled with the free advertising that Guion provided, but Packers general manager Ted Thompson should be sick to his stomach.
Prior to this arrest, Guion was suspended for the first four games of the upcoming season for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing drugs.
Despite the suspension, the team restructured his contract in March and instead of being motivated that he’s still on an NFL roster, he got himself in more trouble.
This isn’t the first time Guion has found himself on the suspended list, while being a member of the Packers. In 2015, he spent the first three games on the sideline for violating the substance-abuse policy.
How is Guion still on the roster? Why is still on the roster?
It is extremely surprising that the Packers continue to deal with his off-the-field issues, since they are an organization that tends to steer clear from that drama. At the same time, they knew what they were getting themselves into.
Since joining the Packers in 2014, Guion has played in 44 games, has accounted for 58 tackles and only 3.5 sacks. All of his sacks came in his first year, which had many optimistic that he could be a true difference-maker on the defensive line.
His production clearly isn’t an eye-opener as to why the Packers continue to deal with his antics.
Instead of worrying about whether Guion will get back on the field, the Packers should be focused on developing last year’s first round-pick Kenny Clark.
Clark’s rookie year was very quiet. He played in 16 games, attributed for 13 tackles and recovered two fumbles. While at UCLA, he played in 39 games in three seasons, accumulated 164 tackles, 20.5 tackles for a loss and seven sacks.
The former UCLA Bruin is still raw, but has potential. He will be able to showcase his skill-set more with Guion on the sideline.
Green Bay also used this year’s third-round NFL Draft pick on Auburn defensive tackle Montravius Adams. Adams was the final draft picked signed for the Packers.
It’s time for Thompson and company to stay true to their, ‘Packer-way,” and cut veteran Guion and move forward with their youth, Clark.
If one thing is certain, it’s that Clark controls his own destiny and Guion’s as well. If he can prove he can play, Guion’s Packer career will officially be over.