He had a good run in Green Bay and offensive lineman Don Barclay is thankful for the way things ended with the organization.

Barclay spent his entire career with the Packers, signing with the team after going undrafted in 2012. He spent five years with the organization, appearing in 62 games and making 24 starts.

He re-signed with the Packers this past offseason, a one-year, $1.3 million deal, but when a preseason ankle injury lingered into the regular season and the team needed the roster spot, he was moved to injured reserve.

Barclay was cleared to return after Week 6, but teams are only permitted to bring two players back. Offensive tackle Jason Spriggs, a second-round pick in 2016, was the Packers’ first priority. The other spot is being held open just in case quarterback Aaron Rodgers can heal from his broken collarbone in time to make a difference in the playoff race. That left a healthy Barclay on the outside looking in.

Instead of forcing him to waste away in meeting rooms on an expiring contract, the team granted Barclay his release, allowing him to find another opportunity.

A week later, he landed with the Lions.

“I appreciate them doing right by me, giving me a chance to sign somewhere else,” Barclay said. “At this point in your career, you can’t afford to just be healthy and sit in meetings all day and have no reps for a whole year.”