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Report: No Contract Discussion Between Dietrich-Smith and Packers

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Report: No Contract Discussion Between Dietrich-Smith and Packers

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.

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.

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Steve Simons's picture

This really just means one thing: The Packers will tender him by Tuesday and let him play out a one-year tender contract and reevaluate his status after the year is over. His lack of ability to handle the bull-rush is a clear weak-spot for him but he does do a great job on combination blocks and handles the bull when given a chip from the guard side.

He's not a blue nor will he ever be, but by tendering him by Tuesday the Packers will get a starter at a reasonable price for a year while they decide how the draft will fall for them. If one of the top 2 centers fall to them while the DL and S positions are weeded out, then they'll take that guy and let EDS and him battle it out.

packeraaron's picture

Agree with all of this Steve.

Ray Rivard's picture

Clearly, the Packers are looking beyond EDS ... Yes, they'll bring him back on the cheap, but he might not even be a starter next year, especially if they go out and get some studs in the draft.

imfubared's picture

All this quietness tells me one thing: TT isn't moving on any FA or rewriting any new contracts until the Rogers deal is done and he knows what it will cost him,
The later tells me he must be in daily negotiations to get the Rogers deal done so he knows what he can spend, or, he has no plans for Free Agents and will work on Rogers right up to the draft. It will be the only thing going on.

Lars's picture

You sound pretty sure. Why did they bother wasting time brining in Canty if they had no interest.

This is how it is every year, Thompson waits for the market to set and then goes dumpster diving for desperate vets.

The Packers are perfectly capable of doing more than working on Rodgers' contract. And, that could very well wait until next year.

Remember the Prime TT Directive to Russ Ball: AJ Hawk gets his $7 million a year cap covered NO MATTER WHAT. That means Benson instead of Jackson at RB. CJ Wilson instead of Jenkins at DE and CM 3/Rodgers wait another year if necessary.

Lars's picture

EDS got the lowest tender. So, he's equal to Jarrett Bush in the team's eyes.

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