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UPDATE: Saturday visited Packers Monday

Mar 19, 2012 -- 2:10pm

GREEN BAY – If Jeff Saturday doesn’t join his friend and four-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning in Denver, could the veteran free-agent center be snapping the ball to reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers instead in 2012?

ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen reported Monday morning after Manning picked the Denver Broncos as his new team that Saturday, 36, had a visit scheduled with the Green Bay Packers, who are in the market for a new center after veteran Scott Wells departed as a free agent and signed with the St. Louis Rams Friday.

ProFootballTalk.com then reported Monday evening that Saturday had in fact visited the Packers on Monday, and an NFL source confirmed Monday night that Saturday did indeed visit 1265 Lombardi Avenue earlier in the day.

Saturday's visit marked the first confirmed unrestricted free-agent visit for the Packers this offseason.

Saturday is also slated to visit the Tennessee Titans, who also played host to Wells last week.

A five-time Pro Bowl selection who was Manning's center with the Colts for 12 years, Saturday could decide he wants to reunite with Manning, and there have been reports that Manning discussed with all three of the teams interested in him – Denver, Tennessee and San Francisco – the possibility of bringing Saturday in, too. However, Schefter and Mortensen reported that Manning did not mandate that he and Saturday would have to be a package deal, according to sources.

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