McCarthy hints Packers have deal coming for Tauscher

Turns out the unveiling of their new alternate jersey to be worn at least once during the 2010 season was buried news for the Green Bay Packers on Friday at their annual fan fest.

That’s what happens when they back up the Brinks truck to Lambeau Field and reward defensive standouts Nick Collins and Ryan Pickett with longterm contracts. The timing by the Packers was impeccable, and now other deal could be in the works.

While there has been some debate about whether or not the organization will bring veteran right tackle Mark Tauscher back, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that coach Mike McCarthy “seemed to indicate a deal with Tauscher might not be too far behind.”

Speculation has been that the coach would like Tauscher, who will turn 33 in June, to return and that general manager Ted Thompson would prefer another approach, perhaps developing T.J. Lang at right tackle. The return of Tauscher last season was one of the stabilizing factors on the line in the second half of the season.

The Packers already spent $19.4 million on a three-year extension for left tackle Chad Clifton. Tauscher and Clifton were book ends for pretty much a decade in Green Bay. Sounds like it might continue, at least for another year.

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