Dec 23, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers center Evan Dietrich-Smith (62) during the game against the Tennessee Titans at Lambeau Field. The Packers won 55-7. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

What do the Packers do now at center with Dietrich-Smith gone?


Where should the Packers go at center?

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This loss is a bit of a tough one – Evan Dietrich-Smith has signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on a four-year contract worth up to $14.25 million – a hefty contract, but one that wasn’t doable by the Green Bay Packers.

So where to the Packers go from here?

We have been told for a while that J.C. Tretter is an option, but we are all definitely worried given his injury. Can Tretter come back and be as effective or even more effective than Dietrich-Smith? We do not know given he is really just a rookie with the loss of his rookie season. We had a good experience with David Bakhtiari so we know anything is possible. But do you really want your Pro Bowl All Star quarterback in the hands of an inexperienced center?

Other options could include a free agent (not very likely). There are a few good options in Alex Mack (fantastic center but has a tag on him and would be too expensive) and Brian De La Puente, who had a great rapport with Drew Brees. Ted Thompson just is not going to go that route. Hopefully he will see the need to protect his MVP and do it anyway.

Perhaps T.J. Lang or Don Barclay?

It’s not impossible given the Packers line shuffle of last year. That turned out really well, however, so it might be worth a try. Either way, this is not the way to protect your quarterback. Line continuity is a good thing, so the fact Dietrich-Smith was allowed to go is a bit worrisome.

We just have to trust that the Packers knew something about Dietrich-Smith we don’t.

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  • Josh Mateos

    I trust TT and MM. If they believe they have people to play center i will trust them. The Packers front office is very smart. Maybe ther´s something they know that we don´t. We´ll have to wait.

  • jemmie

    I definitely would not put TJ at center

    • Mike Brand

      and put who in his place . we dont know enough about sherrod to put him in as a starter

  • Nick Grover

    I really think the pack are going to shuffle around their own o line. This whatI think tthey’ll do
    *left tackle=Bryan B
    *left guard= Josh S
    *center= Don Barclay
    *Right guard = Tj Lang
    *Right tackle = David B

    • Dan

      I agree, Nick. I think Barclay could be an option at center. I’d like to see him and Tretter battle it out in camp if they don’t bring another center in through the draft.

  • Mike Brand

    tretter thats what he was drafted for anyway . if not for being injured he would have been center in 2013 .

    • rodgers rules

      Exactly

  • Peter Maiz

    ED-S should have been kept, come on 14.25 mil over 4 years isn’t breaking the bank.

  • ScooniePenn10 .

    EDS got steamrolled by the 49ers and Lions DL. He was an average to below average C. He needed to be replaced.