Originally posted on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 4/12/13
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Packers offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith has signed his one-year restricted free-agent tender. Dietrich-Smith was given the lowest qualifying offer, which carries a value of 1.323 million. Though Green Bay had a right to match any offer to Dietrich-Smith, there would have been no compensation associated with it if another team had successfully signed him away from the Packers. However, restricted free agents rarely change teams. Dietrich-Smith, 26, was inserted as Green Bay's starting center late last season after veteran Jeff Saturday continued to struggle. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers has publicly supported Dietrich-Smith as the Packers' permanent starting center moving forward. Green Bay is still waiting on cornerback Sam Shields to sign his restricted tender. Shields was given a second-round tender, which means he'd receive a one-year deal for 2.023 million. Follow Paul Imig on Twitter.
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