Cole Madison’s Future Still Uncertain

A new report is indicating the Packers could be without offensive lineman Cole Madison indefinitely.

Madison was drafted in the fifth round of the 2018 NFL draft and was with the team briefly for offseason programs following the draft. However, Madison failed to report to training camp as he dealt with personal matters away from the team. Michael Cohen of The Athletic wrote on Monday that Madison is still coping with the loss of close friend and former Washington State teammate Tyler Hilinski.

Hilinski took his own life in January of 2018 as doctors revealed the quarterback suffered from Stage 1 chronic traumatic encephalopathy, also known as CTE.

Madison made the choice to step away from the game that forever impacted his friend’s life with no timetable to return.

A source familiar with Madison’s situation told The Athletic Wisconsin, ““I don’t think he’s coming back. At least he’s not showing signs of it right now.”

Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst spoke with The Athletic Wisconsin at the the 2019 Senior Bowl reinsuring the team’s full support for Madison’s well being.

“Obviously we wish him the best and we’d love to, at some point, get him out there on the field to help us,” Gutekunst said. “But when that time is going to be, we’re not there yet.”

Gutekunst also stated the organization would not receive any compensation in the form of a future draft pick should Madison retire.

No one has heard from Madison or his family so Green Bay will likely plan to be without his services for the 2019 season. Madison played right tackle in college, but was expected to transition to guard in the NFL. The Packers have a pressing need at right guard and will probably have to look towards free agency and the upcoming draft for answers.

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Brandon Carwile was a Cheesehead at birth. His dad grew up attending games at Lambeau and passed on the legacy. Brandon graduated from Longwood University in 2016 with a degree in mass media. He has covered the Packers for over two years and currently works with packerstalk.com. Find him on twitter at @PackerScribe.

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4 thoughts on “Cole Madison’s Future Still Uncertain

  1. If this person was given any financial consideration he should return that money to the Packers organization; since he choose not to join the team and I personally consider him to be wasted draft pick

  2. Enough of no show Madison. Move on. He’s a head case who will not return. Sad, but true.

    1. Totally agree, if his heart was in it, he’d have his cleats on the grass. He’ll never play a down of meaningful NFL football in GB. Probably a guy who was playing for all the wrong reasons, and finally came to grips with it. Sucks too, because I think he could have been a decent prospect. Oh well!

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