The Green Bay Packers have given restricted free agent Evan Dietrich-Smith the lowest tender, according to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
— tom silverstein (@TomSilverstein) March 11, 2013
Dietrich-Smith would cost only $1.32 million under the original-round tender, and Green Bay could still match any offer sheet.
However, the gamble is that—because Dietrich-Smith was an undrafted free agent—the Packers would receive no compensation in return if they decided not to match a given offer sheet.
Dietrich-Smith, who turns 27 years old in July, took over at center for Jeff Saturday in December of last season. He went on to start each of the final two games (vs. Tennessee, at Minnesota) and both playoff games (vs. Minnesota, at San Francisco).
The results were mostly mixed.
Pro Football Focus graded Dietrich-Smith at -0.5 over 603 snaps, including the two postseason contests. Over the final four games, Dietrich-Smith allowed just three quarterback disruptions (one hit, two hurries). However, negative performances of -4.2 against Detroit and -4.3 against Minnesota in the playoffs hurt his final grade.
The Packers’ depth chart (updated Jan. 7, 2013) lists no player behind Dietrich-Smith at the center position.
Zach Kruse is a 24-year-old sports writer who contributes to Cheesehead TV, Bleacher Report and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He also covers prep sports for the Dunn Co. News. You can reach him on Twitter @zachkruse2 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.