Green Bay Packers center Evan Dietrich-Smith guaranteed that he would be present for the start of the off-season conditioning program Monday when he signed his one-year, $1.323 million restricted free-agent tender Friday. Dietrich-Smith was tendered with the lowest qualifying offer and had the chance to shop himself around the NFL during the restricted free agency period, which began March 12 and expires April 19. There was no compensation tied to signing Dietrich-Smith, so if a team really wanted to sign him it would only have had to offer an amount the Packers weren't willing to match. Since the Packers have a lot of their salary cap money slotted for contract extensions with quarterback Aaron Rodgers and linebacker Clay Matthews, a team probably could have stolen Dietrich-Smith away. But the market for Dietrich-Smith and other centers was soft and he apparently did not draw much interest. As a whole, restricted free agents have been left in the cold this off-season.
Packers, Evan Dietrich-Smith agree to one-year deal
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Apr 13