Six week ago and just days after Super Bowl XLIX, former Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Letroy Guion was getting his mug shot taken and wondering what would happen to his NFL career. The free agent had just been arrested on possession of marijuana and while in possession of a firearm in his hometown of Starke, Florida. At the time, the Packers had reportedly been working with Guion on a new contract to bring him back to Green Bay in 2015. Upon hearing about the arrest and all of the details that were released, it seemed unlikely that Guion would be in the NFL at all in 2015, let alone in green and yellow.
On Tuesday, Guion’s criminal proceedings wrapped up without adjudication of guilt. In short, Guion won’t face any criminal charges. Because Guion was a first-time offender, he agreed to pay $5,000.00 plus court fees and will continue the civil proceedings to get the cash he had on him at the time ($190,000), his gun and his vehicle back.
When the story first broke of Guion’s arrest, there was speculation that there was more to it than just his erratic driving that led police to arrest him. In that part of town, carrying around that kind of cash is not common and it’s thought that some who know Guion may have tipped off authorities of his whereabouts. When the money was seized as evidence, the police department openly talked about how that money could be used to buy them some new equipment and even a few new squad cars.
Regardless, the incident is behind Guion and Packers head coach Mike McCarthy spoke about it on Tuesday, saying he would still welcome Guion back to the team if the circumstances work out. After a slow start in 2014, Guion proved to be a valuable rotational player on the defensive line. His veteran presence seemed to help the team drive to a conference championship game and that should certainly be welcomed back if at all possible.
With Guion’s arrest and questions about former Packer B.J. Raji’s health after a torn bicep cost him all of last season, the team’s defensive front was suddenly thin and in flux. If there’s one thing an NFL defense can’t have, it’s a “thin” front. Especially in a 3-4 scheme. There have been reports that Raji also wants to return to Green Bay and that the Packers had planned to return him to his natural nose tackle spot last season. At this point, the Packers would be wise to do their full due diligence on both Raji and Guion. If Raji appears to have recovered from the arm injury, the team would suddenly look a bit more stout by bringing both back.
While Guion’s arrest was a blemish on what is usually a rather spotless off-field record for Packers players, the quick resolution at least indicates that there was likely a lot less to the incident than it seemed when the news first hit. Now the Packers can move on and continue to work on shoring up their defense to go along with the top-scoring offense last season. The run to San Francisco in 2015 may have just taken a nice turn for the Green Bay Packers.——————
Jason Perone is an independent sports blogger writing about the Packers on AllGreenBayPackers.comFollow Jason Perone: