The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have added another name to their offensive line, poaching Evan Dietrich-Smith off the Green Bay Packers and placing him in the center of Lovie Smith’s new offensive line. The move was expected, as the team was set to meet with the now former Packers center this week, and Dietrich-Smith left town with a new contract in hand.
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According to NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport, the deal with Diethrich-Smith is for four years and will end up paying the center roughly over $14 million.
It’s a solid signing for the Buccaneers, who needed some upgrades to their offensive line and add Dietrich-Smith to Anthony Collins as lineman signed this week. Donald Penn and Davin Joseph were cut this past week, creating needs on the line, although Joseph was a guard and both Collins and Dietrich-Smith play other positions.
He may get slack for being on an offensive line in Green Bay that allowed Aaron Rodgers to get sacked a lot, but a new system and a new staff may end up changing that and making Dietrich-Smith into one of the more solid centers in football — more so than he already is.