(NEW YORK) — When former Indianapolis Colts center Jeff Saturday was a free agent this offseason, many thought he’d follow his former teammate Peyton Manning to Denver. Instead, Saturday decided to sign with the Green Bay Packers. Saturday’s relationship with Manning is so close that he felt compelled to call Manning right after he signed his new contract with Green Bay.
When Manning was the quarterback for the Colts, he credited center Saturday for much of the success he and the team shared. Until this past season, the duo had been together since 1999. During that time the team won a Super Bowl, and went seven straight seasons with 12 plus wins, which is an NFL record.
“Peyton is a close friend and I loved playing with him,” Saturday told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal. “I loved the time we spent together. It was the most difficult call I’ve ever made. I told him before anyone else that I was going to Green Bay.”
The 36-year-old Saturday went on to say that he felt the Packers wanted him more than the Broncos did. He signed a two-year deal with the Packers for $7.75 million.
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