Decision Time for Thompson On Richardson

The Packers GM has to decide whether or not to match the Raiders' offer sheet. 

Good stuff from both Wes Hodkiewicz and Tom Silverstien on Ted Thompson's looming decision on matching the Oakland Raiders' offer sheet on Sean Richardson. 

From Wes:

The one special-teamer the Packers showed genuine interest in retaining, restricted free-agent Sean Richardson, also could be heading out if the team doesn't match the offer sheet he signed with the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday.

Richardson, a reserve safety, was mostly an afterthought a month ago when the Packers tendered him a low contract worth $1.54 million for 2015. It was assumed he'd eventually sign the contract and take his place in the Packers' rebuild after they finished last in the Dallas Morning News' annual special-teams rankings last season.

From Tom:

The Packers would have to explain to Micah Hyde why they're paying a guy who plays six times the number of defensive snaps and just 150 fewer special teams snaps a fourth of what they're paying Richardson. But that's the way free agency works - older guys get rewarded before younger ones.

Richardson, 25, ranked first on the team in special teams tackles and depending whether you accept the Packers' count (17) or the NFL's (13), he finished first just ahead of rookie Jayrone Elliott (15, 12). According to NFL stats, he ranked tied for seventh in regular-season special teams tackles.

That first point from Tom, to me, is the major issue. Thompson has spent many years ensuring that his salary structure safeguards from teammates looking across the locker room in envy at another man's contract. As Tom points out, however, sometimes these price point hiccups are unavoidable. That's life in the NFL, as it were. 

Demovsky has a "league executive" (what does that even mean?) saying the odds of Thompson matching the offer are "50-50." That's called punting, ladies and gentlemen. 

I bet Thompson matches. 

UPDATE: Bob McGinn has something this morning that suggests that Thompson will indeed be matching the offer.

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Clay Zombo's picture

April 13, 2015 at 09:43 am

Yeah TT tried to gamble that he could save about 800k by not tendering him at the 2nd round level 2.35 million, all but guaranteeing his return.

That gamble will end up costing him an extra 200k but I would take that risk just to try and save 800k.

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April 17, 2015 at 08:05 am

Well said. (I couldn't just upvote (thumbs up) you for some reason.)

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