October 1, 2014

All quiet on the Packers front

While other NFL teams have been busy on the first day of NFL free agency,

Jamari Lattimore

Jamari Lattimore

the Green Bay Packers are simply spectators.

Besides signing one of their own (Sam Shields) to a four-year deal, the Packers extended a qualifying offer to restricted free-agent Jamari Lattimore before the start of the new league year at 3pm on Tuesday.

The Packers offered the lowest of the three available restricted tenders worth $1.431 million to Lattimore.  Lattimore can still negotiate with teams until he signs the tender, but the move allows the Packers the right-of-first-refusal to match any outside offers.

Lattimore has been a big contributor on special teams over the last three years.  He even started four games at linebacker last season, filling in for an injured Brad Jones.  He finished with 35 tackles and two sacks.

The Packers didn’t extend a qualifying offer to restricted free agent M.D. Jennings, although they could still try to resign Jennings at a lower price.