With the start of free agency officially open as of 3:00 p.m. CT on Tuesday, there is yet to be news of any Packers signing contracts either with Green Bay or elsewhere, but a pair of players have reportedly scheduled visits.
From Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com:
Am told @JermichaelF88 is on his way to Seattle this evening. The Seahawks doctors will examine him in the morning.
— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) March 11, 2014
And from Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
#Packers C Evan Dietrich-Smith is on his way to Tampa for a visit, his agent, Brian Parker confirmed. No other comment made.
— Tom Silverstein (@TomSilverstein) March 11, 2014
As suggested here at Cheesehead TV Tuesday morning, it doesn't much matter whether Finley's neurosurgeon clears him or not. Any team interested in signing the tight end will want to put him through their own physical, which is apparently what the Seahawks will want to do.
If they feel comfortable in signing Finley and the Packers do not, the Packers will be losing one of the best receiving tight ends in franchise history. Fellow tight end Andrew Quarless is also a free agent, and the Packers could practically be starting from scratch at the position if he leaves too.
As for Dietrich-Smith, it was thought on Monday that the Giants may be the front-runners for the center's services, but that doesn't appear to be the case.
Should the Packers lose Dietrich-Smith, they'd be beginning the 2014 season with their fourth starting center in four years, leaving them with little stability at the position.
The in-house options at center include J.C. Tretter, Garth Gerhart and perhaps even T.J. Lang, although each brings their own sets of risks.
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