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Buccaneers sign Packers lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith

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The Buccaneers continued their onslaught on the free agent market, as they try to rebuild an offensive line taken apart piece by piece.

The latest addition was Packers free agent offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith, the team announced Friday afternoon.

While he won’t have to worry about being stomped by Ndamukong Suh twice a year, he will have to buy a new wardrobe after changing bays.

Dietrich-Smith can play either inside position, and the Bucs still have holes across the line. Signing left tackle Anthony Collins was a good start, but they released veteran guard Davin Joseph and tackle Donald Penn and there are still questions about the future of Carl Nicks.

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48 Responses to “Buccaneers sign Packers lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith”
  1. bucrightoff says: Mar 14, 2014 4:20 PM

    What’s the record for replacing starters via free agency? The Bucs have to be getting close since this now makes 7.

  2. keepongronking says: Mar 14, 2014 4:20 PM

    Only Green Bay would let this happen.

  3. thevikesarebest says: Mar 14, 2014 4:22 PM

    Aslong as I’m away from Turdbay- Evan Dietrich-Smith.

  4. shaggytoodle says: Mar 14, 2014 4:22 PM

    I was hoping he would could back. I appreciate what he did in GB and good luck in TB.

    I wonder what TTs plan is for Center. Is he drafting one, or is the guy all ready on the roster. A lot of linemen they that were hurt last season were OTs, so I am not sure about them jumping inside.

  5. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Mar 14, 2014 4:22 PM

    So what’s Aaron Rodgers going to do when he goes to line up under center and there’s no one there? Usually someone at least snaps him the ball before it seems like there’s no center.

  6. cajunaise says: Mar 14, 2014 4:23 PM

    The new wardrobe he’ll have to wear over his pads and on his head in Tampa was revealed recently.

    He might want to consider taking up tennis.

  7. longtimefanhtr says: Mar 14, 2014 4:23 PM

    Sorry to see him go. Another hole to address. Sigh!

  8. 13x Offseason World Champions says: Mar 14, 2014 4:25 PM

    No problem, that dude was more undersized than John Sullivan.

  9. shaggytoodle says: Mar 14, 2014 4:26 PM

    The Packers will figure out center, just like the Vikings WRs still try to deep routes even though there is no one there to get them the ball.

  10. 13x Offseason World Champions says: Mar 14, 2014 4:26 PM

    Oh, and that’s important because John Sullivan is also undersized. And, not great off the snap according to PA.

  11. deltaoracle says: Mar 14, 2014 4:26 PM

    Well I won’t lie I hoped GB would retain him.
    I know they’re high on Tretter, but they also need to find someone to regularly back up the Center position. The way that three linemen would have to shift around when EDS went down last season was almost as bad as the initial lack of competent backup for Rodgers. Should be able to get a decent Center in third or fourth of the draft; better do it.

  12. reggiewhitewasoverratedandoverweight says: Mar 14, 2014 4:28 PM

    Que the Packer fans who say he was terrible. Don’t need him. Like all of the players that leave Green Bay.

    If he would have stayed, he would have been the rock of the O line.

  13. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Mar 14, 2014 4:30 PM

    How can a Packer fan make fun of another team’s center? That’s like a Packer fan making fun of another team’s general manager.

    By the way, John Sullivan is 6’4″, 301 pounds.

  14. whatjusthapped says: Mar 14, 2014 4:30 PM

    He goes from a team that makes the playoffs every year he was there to a team that will probably never make the playoffs. He might have well signed with the Vikings since they always overpay their FA’s.

  15. irishstout says: Mar 14, 2014 4:31 PM

    Welp, that sucks. I really hoped we’d be able to keep EDS, congrats Bucs he’s a great player. But the Packers would have to pay a 7% premium (Florida doesn’t have a state income tax, but Wisconsin’s is 7%) and you have the weather factor so I get why we couldn’t outbid Tampa.

    We’ll either find someone in the draft or convert an existing lineman.

  16. axespray says: Mar 14, 2014 4:31 PM

    Good player – he’ll be good for them.

    Hopefully we get a good comp. pick for him next year.

  17. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Mar 14, 2014 4:32 PM

    Ted Thompson’s plan for center is to ask an offensive tackle to move to center. It’s similar to his plan for backup quarterback.

  18. purplezimmerpride says: Mar 14, 2014 4:35 PM

    Sigh, even without a center the Packers offense will still carve up my Vikings NFC North worst defense.

  19. snookau says: Mar 14, 2014 4:36 PM

    Cut Revis and go sign 7 new starters.

    That’s how it works.

  20. snookau says: Mar 14, 2014 4:40 PM

    Let’s see….

    Keep an overpriced money grubbing CB

    OR

    Get:
    New C
    New LT
    New NT
    DE that actually gets sacks
    Pro Bowl Cover Corner
    QB that isn’t Glennon
    TE that doesn’t suck

    Easy decision.

    Slowly cleaning the Schiano and Raheem stench off of the Bucs.

    Get ready, NFL. The Bucs are coming.

  21. milwaukeeguy says: Mar 14, 2014 4:49 PM

    JC Tretter, looks like you’re up next young man, let’s see what you got. He’s a Cornell kid so I’m guessing he’ll have the mental part down. As for EDS, congratulations on the contract, not bad for an UFA. Best of luck.

  22. binkystevens says: Mar 14, 2014 4:50 PM

    Man this rick spielman guy is intolerable. Major case of ugly stepchild syndrome. Jealous much???

  23. schmitty2 says: Mar 14, 2014 4:51 PM

    For all of you talking about going to nicer weather..I would rather play in the frozen tundra then be exposed to MRSA.

  24. linemanguy74 says: Mar 14, 2014 4:58 PM

    He left because of what the vikes are doing on defense

  25. houndog50 says: Mar 14, 2014 4:58 PM

    EDS goes Tampa? 4 years, $14M? Damn, I’m surprised the Vikings didn’t throw $30 or 40 million at him, what’s wrong with Spielman?

  26. deflateddome says: Mar 14, 2014 5:06 PM

    Why would he be jealous. Sullivan is a top 5 center. Whereas…some 3rd rate UDFA center will start this year on the sieve that is the Packer OL..Linval Joseph..Meet. TJ Lang…..lol

  27. thechosenone51 says: Mar 14, 2014 5:07 PM

    Oh man. The Pack lose arguably their most solid Offensive lineman, off of what was already a pretty mediocre pass protection? No biggie. I heard Rodgers prefers to line up behind his “personal assistant” these days anyway…

  28. bunjy96 says: Mar 14, 2014 5:11 PM

    deltaoracle says: Mar 14, 2014 4:26 PM

    Well I won’t lie I hoped GB would retain him.
    I know they’re high on Tretter, but they also need to find someone to regularly back up the Center position. The way that three linemen would have to shift around when EDS went down last season was almost as bad as the initial lack of competent backup for Rodgers. Should be able to get a decent Center in third or fourth of the draft; better do it.

    >>>>

    G/C Zuttah will be available soon.

  29. bubbasmithguy says: Mar 14, 2014 5:17 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt needs to phone Ted Thompson and let him know free agency has started.

  30. icebowler says: Mar 14, 2014 5:21 PM

    I head that EDS sweats profusely. There may be a lot of butt snap fumbles down in that hot humid climate. Nothing a QB likes more than a wet slimy pigskin to throw.

  31. zimmeriszbomb says: Mar 14, 2014 5:23 PM

    The sound you hear is a-rod screaming giving up his favorite place to put his hands.

  32. spartyownsyou says: Mar 14, 2014 5:36 PM

    Yeah. The only problem is that he was never “stomped” by Suh in the first place. Suh did kick him in the arm once though. It’s time for people to grow up and stop talking about this fantasy non-story.

  33. packerenglishmajor says: Mar 14, 2014 5:58 PM

    It’s weird – a Packer leaves to any team but the Vikes and the Packer fans don’t turn into teenage girls with a bad case of unrequited love.

    Must be some kind of horn envy . . . or fear.

  34. hscorpio says: Mar 14, 2014 6:01 PM

    The Packers still have 5 guys with starting experience under contract on the OL so I’m not surprised they let EDS get away.

    Good luck in TB, EDS.

  35. lagg1 says: Mar 14, 2014 6:23 PM

    I will say Lovie Smith does not waste time nor money. I like the guy. He was given a bum shot in Chicago. I hope he and the Bucs succeed.

  36. stellarperformance says: Mar 14, 2014 6:50 PM

    Viking trolls! Give it up already. The Packers own the Vikings. Do you think your childish insults will somehow change that fact? No other fan base is as immature as you dolts. No other fan base is as disliked as you morons. Give it up and hope for the best, win something…..anything….THEN spout off. Then there will be a reason. Thank you,

  37. The Almighty Cabbage says: Mar 14, 2014 6:52 PM

    I too would have liked to see EDS stay. I don’t think he’ll ever be an “elite” Center but he was much more than just serviceable. He was extremely good at making the line calls and by all appearances had great chemistry with Rodgers. I will hope that he does well with the Bucs.

  38. packerenglishmajor says: Mar 14, 2014 7:21 PM

    Seriously, losing a good center hurts, as a Vike fan I can tell you Matt Birk has yet to be replaced.

    EDS came into his own last season.
    By the end of the last season the Packers were getting much better O line play.
    EDS was a big part of that.

    EDS leaving is great for the Vikes.

  39. kmartinson says: Mar 14, 2014 7:34 PM

    They must be moving TJ to center….Bulaga is not playing LT. Ted needs to spend some cash but I agree EDS was not worth it….Scott Wells #2

  40. bigdaddyrockytop says: Mar 14, 2014 9:34 PM

    Maybe Barclay can play center and put Bulaga back at right tackle. I thought EDS was ok not great, not terrible. Was hoping for a resign for continuity if anything.

  41. busdogg says: Mar 14, 2014 9:50 PM

    The Scott Wells reference is giving EDS too much credit. He was average at best. His replacement can be had mid-way through the 2014 draft for much less $. Relax Packer Nation. We have some options at OL.

  42. labucs says: Mar 14, 2014 11:29 PM

    I can’t wait until Mike Glennon lines up behind our new LT and C. He’ll be even better than last year

  43. coachkilla6 says: Mar 15, 2014 1:48 AM

    #SKOL Vikings

    Still
    Keepers of
    0
    Lombardi’s

  44. hansenbrothers says: Mar 15, 2014 8:38 AM

    Ted Thompson drives me insane.

  45. frellmedead7 says: Mar 15, 2014 4:31 PM

    Another misstep by Thompson.

  46. frellmedead7 says: Mar 15, 2014 4:32 PM

    Barclay sucks. About the only “position” he is suited for is the waiver wire.

  47. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 15, 2014 8:47 PM

    Glad EDS leaves Green Bay with a ring. Some players (especially Vikings) never get one.

  48. shinedown37 says: Mar 17, 2014 10:47 PM

    Bucs get a decent player good luck young man!

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