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Packers Reportedly Tender LB Jamari Lattimore

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Packers Reportedly Tender LB Jamari Lattimore

According to Tom Pelissero of USA Today:

The original-round tender assures the Packers can match any offer received by Lattimore in free agency, an unlikely scenario seeing as there will be few teams willing to offer a more attractive contract to a player who's been almost strictly a special teams player and backup in his first three seasons in the NFL.

Essentially, the tender for Lattimore allows the Packers to keep control of him for one more season before becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2015, at which point they'll have to re-assess his value.

Lattmore saw the most playing time of his career on the defensive side of the football this past season, starting four games while filling in for an injured Brad Jones. He made 35 tackles, two sacks and forced fumble, all career-highs.

Clearly, Lattimore is still adjusting to the inside linebacker position after making the switch from the outside in 2011 as a rookie. The raw, physical talent and an ability to play style of football with speed and range is apparent. Now he just has to become more disciplined.

In 2012, Lattimore was voted a postseason capatain by his teammates, representing the special teams, in just his second season in the NFL.

 

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

This is fine by me. Honestly, the years the Packers Defense has played well there has been competition at MLB.

fhsparty26's picture

Said the same thing to myself. He showed some flashes, for sure.

Zoellner25's picture

I like Lattimore, glad he's coming back. He's the bruiser LB we need, just needs more time to develop.

Come on Ted, make a splash today!

hump's picture

i smell the same ol thompson off season stategy......."we like ( to overpay ) our own players"and pay lip service to free agency,but....never really take it seriously or have any interest in signing a guy like D'Qell Jackson or Karlos Dansby for 5 mil yr or Louis Delmas for 3mil yr or Red Bryant for 4 mil yr but instead will grossly overpay shields and probably someone like Quarless or Raji and watch someone like the Seahawks sign michael bennet for 7mil yr when he may actually be worth 10mil. to summarize: I love sam shields but 7 milyr should be TOP DOLLAR for him,and every year at this time we hear......packers have interest in player x but.....he just signed with team x as was the case with red bryant and will be the case with 10 other prospective free agents this year!!! im writing this just before free agency kicks off and MAN I HOPE IM WRONG!!! but i know ted toooooo well!!

Ibleedgreenmore's picture

I watched several of the plays from last year, Lattimore was fast and went after the O player not a bad move.

KenEllis's picture

For those who predicted TT would be active in free agency and sign up to 5 free agents, we now have (1) Banjo, (2) Shields, and (3) Lattimore.

Kuhn, Raji, Quarless, Newhouse, et al. are still out there waiting to be signed by TT and take the Pack back to the Super Bowl.

TommyG's picture

Nice! I was just thinking of writing something like this, but couldn't find the words. Well done!

4thand1's picture

Just heard Byrd is on his way to the Saints. To talk. Guess the saints gutted their offense and are going after defense. Ward went to the Broncos. Teams are spending early and heavy. Lattimore, meh , we'll see if he makes strides this year.

COW's picture

Are you ready yet?
Just say it, bro...

"Damn, Cow... you were right."

All you homers who were SURE this was gonna finally be the year... how's that working out for ya?

COW's picture

"I'm betting on some FA signings that will make a difference. "

This was you, right?

Good call.

4thand1's picture

Its far from over assclown. What its been 4 and half hours?

COW's picture

Stroh on March 6 in reference to the Packers signing a meaningful FA this year...

"Agreed... Its kind of a perfect storm of factors making this a real possibility..... Just makes all the sense in the world....Everything is in alignment".

GOOD CALL, BRO!

lebowski's picture

I don't take nearly as much issue with you as some others, but dude, free agency is literally like 3 hours old. Chill.

COW's picture

Nobody any good left.
Every safety and dl'man worth having is gone.

Evan's picture

Ha! Top notch Cow parody account.

Stroh's picture

I said it was in alignment to happen, not that it would! Either way I wasn't expecting Thompson to sign a 1st day player. Maybe in a few more days or a week. Never expected guys like to Jones or Houston to get way overpaid in the first couple hours, but that's the idiot nature of FA. Just like your the idiot nature of commenter.

HankScorpio's picture

I love seeing the over-reaction club hold their annual party on the opening day of free agency.

It's comedy gold.

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