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Will Packwood Saga Continues, Defender Back at Training?

The former Birmingham defender is back at Revolution training, but will there be a contract offer or a signing coming this time around?

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We are now into the third month of the Will Packwood saga, because according to Tom Quinlan the defender is once again training with the New England Revolution.

The Revolution confirmed via e-mail that Packwood has been training on and off with the team for a few weeks.

The timeline for Packwood's training stints dates back to his initial debut at Revs practice back in early May, followed by the Revs announcing that they would not sign the former Birmingham defender two weeks later.

What followed were trials or fitness sessions a month later with the Chicago Fire and with the New York Red Bulls in late June, though both teams passed on signing Packwood.

So now we're back to the same question as before, the Revolution need depth at centerback. Packwood is a local, experienced United States youth international. We're now over three months into this saga (about half as long as DeflateGate) with no real answers as to why Packwood hasn't signed yet, either with the Revs or elsewhere.

The Revolution made zero signings during the summer transfer window and still remain thin at centerback until Darrius Barnes comes back from injury. Combine Barnes' injury with the offseason losses of Stephen McCarthy and A.J. Soares to Europe and the Revs defensive struggles during their summer slump and you have to wonder why this deal hasn't been finalized.

The Revolution should have the resources to sign Packwood unless he has an absurd salary demand, with target allocation money a possibility as well since the Revs haven't used their allotment of the league's new resource yet. Packwood would provide not only short-term depth but a long term answer at center back who could feature in the national team in the future.