According to Wes Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, linebacker Jamari Lattimore has signed hisÂ contract tender, which is good for one year, and will remain withÂ the Green Bay Packers in 2014.
Lattimore stands to make $1.4 million this season, up from the $561,000 he earned in 2013.Â The Packers ultimately decided that it was too risky to let Lattimore become an unrestricted free agent and chose to place the original round tender on him earlier this spring.
By doing so, the Packers at least assured themselves the ability to match any offer sheet that Lattimore might have signed with another team.Â No offers for Lattimore were reported and had he signed elsewhere with the Packers not matching the deal, they would have received no compensation for him because he was originally signed as an undrafted free agent in 2011.
Lattimore stepped in adequately for a stretch at inside linebackerÂ when starterÂ BradÂ Jones suffered an injury early during the 2013 season.Â Lattimore recorded 35 tackles and two sacks in 15 games.
He was also said to be one of the players who stepped forward and spoke to the team during halftime of the Packers’ game against the Dallas Cowboys last season.Â Down 26-3 at the half, the Packers went on to beat the Cowboys behind backup quarterback Matt Flynn.Â It proved to be a vital late-season win and it helped enable the Packers to edge out the Chicago Bears for the NFC North division title.â€”â€”â€”â€”â€”â€”
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