Just days before the start of free agency, Evan Dietrich-Smith tells Lance Allan of NBC affiliate TMJ4 in Milwaukee that he’s had no contract talks with the Packers or any indication of what type of tender he’ll receive either.
— Lance Allan (@lanceallan) March 9, 2013
Dietrich-Smith is scheduled to be a restricted free agent, and while the Packers don’t need any input from their offensive lineman to place a tender offer on him, it is notable that they’re not talking long-term deal.
Without a multi-year deal, Dietrich-Smith seems destined to play under a one-year tender and become an unrestricted free agent in 2014. Of course, that doesn’t necessarily prevent the Packers from offering him a contract extension at some future point in time.
The Packers have until the start of free agency on Tuesday to place a tender on Dietrich-Smith and is a foregone conclusion they will do so. They just appear to be waiting until the last possible moment.
With Jeff Saturday now retired, the Packers have no other viable starting options at center currently on their roster, although they may use the NFL Draft to do so.
The question is, at what level do the Packers tender Dietrich-Smith? A second-round tender offer would seem the most likely, although an original round tender is not out of the question.