Smith, Dietrich-Smith forge bond over classic cars

Within a five-month span, Lovie Smith and Evan Dietrich-Smith have forged a classic connection. The new head coach of the Buccaneers and Tampa Bay’s free-agent center share a passion for vintage automobiles and physical football. Dietrich-Smith, who signed with the Bucs from Green Bay in March, just purchased his first classic car, a 1957 Bel Air that caught his eye at a Clearwater...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Guarded optimism: Expect spotlight on Bucs' O-line against Dolphins

TAMPA, Fla. -- You've got offensive line worries. Lovie Smith has reassurances. "We're more comfortable going into the (Miami) Dolphins game right now, but you have to play the game," the Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach said. "We have a combination that we're going to use." You've got concerns about quarterback Josh McCown after a punchless preseason...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Bucs OL Grade Big Question Mark

A lot has been written lately about the positive strides made by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers via free agency and the NFL draft regarding their offensive skill positions. During this past off season, the Bucs have upgraded their wide receiver, running back, tight end, and quarterback positions. Tampa Bay’s offensive coordinator, Jeff Tedford, has been given very talented players to...
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June 05, 2014  |  Discuss

In Tampa these 5 need to step up.

I don’t think there is any doubt that the Tampa Bay Bucs have improved this off-season. DE Michael Johnson, QB Josh McCown, CB Alterraun Verner, C Evan Dietrich-Smith are all good football players and everyone from Port Richey to Siesta Key are excited about the possibilities that Mike Evans brings to the Buc offense. However, if the Bucs are going to have any shot in the tough...
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May 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints waiting on a move from Brian de la Puente ☆

I’m surprised that Brian de la Puente has made it this far into free agency. Evidently the center has yet to receive the offer he was hoping for. The New York Giants expressed interest in de la Puente a good 20 days ago but nothing has come to fruition as of yet. Ten days ago de la Puente had a visit with the Redskins, but again no contract was finalized. Since then, the Redskins...
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March 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Packers re-sign James Starks, add Letroy Guionlose; lose Evan Dietrich-Smith and James Jones

In the same week in which Green Bay Packers GM Ted Thompson arguably has his biggest impact free agent signing since Charles Woodson in the form of DE Julius Peppers, Thompson pulled off another surprise by re-signing unrestricted free agent RB James Starks to a two-year deal.The general line of thought toward the end of last season -- despite the good performances by Starks down...
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March 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Buccaneers free agency week one

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have scored a high grade in my book for week one of free agency. A solid B+ after big pick ups to bolster their defense, including the front line with former Cincinnati Bengal Michael Johnson, beefy defensive tackle Clinton McDonald coming over from the Super Bowl champion Seahawks. Linebackers got some help with the signing of former New England Patriot...
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March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Buccaneers sign C Evan Dietrich-Smith

Evan Dietrich-Smith took over as the starting center from Jeff Saturday late in the 2012 season and played solid in limited action and then graded out as Pro Football Focus’ 8th ranked center in 2013 in his first full season as a starter. He’s still just a one year wonder, but this deal is a steal, getting him for under 4 million dollars per year. I can’t believe the Packers...
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March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Free Agency Frenzy Continues

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been one of the most active teams in free agency this year, handing out well over $100 million dollars in contracts. Tampa has put a priority on rebuilding their offensive line this offseason and the moves continued on Friday as the Buccaneers added the seventh free agent of this offseason with the signing of OC Evan Dietrich-Smith. Dietrich-Smith agreed...
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March 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Revolving-Door Policy Continues at Center

The Packers let Evan Dietrich-Smith sign with Tampa Bay, meaning a fourth starting center in four seasons. Where do the Packers turn from here, whether it's in-house candidates, free agency or the draft?
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March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Packers lose Evan Dietrich-Smith to Tampa Bay

According to multiple reports, center Evan Dietrich-Smith has signed a four-year deal worth $14.5 million dollars to play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Dietrich-Smith has spent the last four years in Green Bay, and the Packers’ strategy during the free agency period has been to keep things close to the vest and focus on re-signing players, rather than bringing in new talent. Green...
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March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Green Bay will have a new starting center this season

Evan Dietrich-Smith has reached an agreement with a team. Unfortunately for Aaron Rodgers, Dietrich-Smith did not re-sign with Green Bay. The center is taking his talents to Tampa Bay with a four-year, $14.25 million deal that solidifies the team’s offensive line. Smith started at center for the Packers last season and was a productive member of the line. He was instrumental in...
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March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Evan Dietrich-Smith Signs With The Buccaneers

Packers C Evan Dietrich-Smith Tom Silverstein has been a busy guy, first reporting on the resigning of defensive end/nose tackle BJ Raji and now reporting that center Evan Dietrich-Smith has signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.   #Packers lose their first free agent. C Evan Dietrich-Smith is signing with Tampa Bay, according to an NFL source. — Tom Silverstein (@TomSilverstein...
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March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Bucs continue rebuilding offensive line, agree to terms with Evan Dietrich-Smith

TAMPA, Fla. -- Another new offensive lineman is coming to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The team agreed to terms Friday with Evan Dietrich-Smith, formerly of the Green Bay Packers, on a four-year deal worth $14.25 million, per FOX Sports NFL Insider Peter Schrager. A five-year veteran, Dietrich-Smith has played in 61 games with 25 starts. He's listed as a center, but he could receive...
Via Fox Sports Florida
March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Former Packers center Dietrich-Smith agrees to deal with Tampa Bay

While the Packers brought back a big man in the middle of their defensive line Friday in B.J. Raji, they also lost their main man in the middle on offense as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced they agreed to a contract with center Evan Dietrich-Smith. FOX Sports Insider Peter Schager reports the contract is for four years and $14.25 million. The last time a Packers center hit free...
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March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Buccaneers Sign C Evan Dietrich-Smith

  The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced that they have signed former Packers C Evan Dietrich-Smith on Friday. The #Bucs have agreed to terms with C/G Evan Dietrich-Smith! #itsabucslife pic.twitter.com/WZubilwP66 — Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) March 14, 2014 Ian Rapoport reports that Dietrich-Smith receives a four-year deal worth a total of $14.25 million. Dietrich-Smith...
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March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Remaining free agents on New York Giants’ wish list

Remaining Free Agents on the Giants Wish List While the Giants have started the beginning of NFL’s free agency period as major players, there are still holes to fill on both sides of the ball. Below is a list of players the Giants have expressed interest in and should sign. 1. Evan Dietrich-Smith, C, 2013 Team: Green Bay Packers The Packers former center is has been high on...
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March 13, 2014  |  Discuss

If EDS Leaves, Who's Next at Center for Pack?

Last year's starting center, Evan Dietrich-Smith, remains unsigned. Should he leave Green Bay in free agency, where do the Packers turn in their hunt for a fourth starter in four years? We take a look at a sparse group of free agents and this year's draft class.
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March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Packers Should Move Quickly to Re-Sign Evan Dietrich-Smith

The Green Bay Packers are not big players when it comes to free agency, they have never have been and never will be under the leadership of general manager Ted Thompson. While Thompson is constantly ridiculed year in and year out for his lack of activity in free agency — most of the time, his patience is proven right when players, who sign ridiculously large contracts are cut two...
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March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Packers Free Agent C Evan Dietrich-Smith Visiting With The Buccaneers

  Pro Football Talk first reported that Packers free agent C Evan Dietrich-Smith will visit with the Buccaneers. Dietrich-Smith, 28, proved to be one of the better centers in the league this season.  Green Bay has done a good job of acquiring quality depth on the offensive line, and re-signing Dietrich-Smith would finalize the rebuilding process. The Buccaneers are in the process...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Giants Have Expressed Interest In Saints C Brian De La Puente

  Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News reports that the Giants have expressed an interest in Saints’ C Brian De La Puente. Vacchiano adds that there is still no word as to whether or not current C David Baas is willing to accept a pay cut. De La Puente, 28, is one of the best available centers in this year’s free agent class and, up to this point, all indications...
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March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Giants could target Packers center Evan Dietrich-Smith in free agency

var ACE_AR = {Site: '898551', Size: '468060', CallType: 'IFRAME'}; According to Alex Marvez of FOX Sports,  the New York Giants could go after Packers center Evan Dietrich-Smith if he hits the market. One to monitor: @Giants taking a look at C Evan Dietrich-Smith if @packers don't re-sign him & David Baas is released — Alex Marvez (@alexmarvez...
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March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Which guard/center makes sense for the Packers?

In this Tuesday’s weekly draft breakdown I will be taking a look at one of the less glamorous positional groups in the draft: Offensive Guards and Centers. And while centers and guards may not have the intrigue of the offensive tackle position they are an important piece of any successful offensive line. In fact, of the eight players named to the All-Pro team at the center and...
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March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

The Packers may look at these top 10 centers/guards in the draft.

The Packers will look to the draft to get better where they’re the weakest, and for most that means the defensive side of the ball. However, it’s smart to get great where you’re already good, it’s also smart to do everything you can to protect the great parts of your team. For the Packers this means shoring up the offensive line. And with Evan Dietrich-Smith and Marshall...
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March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

What do the Packers need to do on the offensive line?

Yesterday, we unveiled our top 10 list of free agent offensive linemen, you can see that list here, and we asked for your thoughts. More importantly, I wanted to know what Packer Nation thought about the Packers’ current situation among their front five. Most of you believe some moves need to be made, with Evan Dietrich-Smith and Marshall Newhouse both becoming unrestricted free...
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February 25, 2014  |  Discuss
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