According to Rob Demovsky of ESPN, Green Bay Packers linebacker Jamari Lattimore remains unsigned one day before the Packers will begin offseason workouts. Without being signed, Lattimore won’t be permitted to join his teammates.
The Packers were not expected to tender Lattimore following the 2013 season, thereby making him an unrestricted free agent. Instead in early March, the Packers did designate the original round tender on Lattimore.
Under the original round terms, Lattimore can sign an offer sheet with another team. The Packers then have an opportunity to match those terms and keep Lattimore. If they do not match another offer sheet, Green Bay would receive no compensation from the receiving team because Lattimore was originally an undrafted free agent back in 2011.
The current offer is for one year and $1.431 million for the 2014 season.
Lattimore filled in last season when starting inside linebacker Brad Jones was forced out with a hamstring injury. In limited time, Lattimore was adequate and appeared to be making a case for more playing time. After the 2013 season, there will still talk about whether Lattimore might push for a starting spot in 2014.
With the draft just over two weeks away and with much chatter about what the Packers could do to address the linebacker position, Lattimore’s unresolved contract will continue to hamper his prospects of moving up the depth chart.
In many instances and as former Packers Vice President Andrew Brandt has often said, deadlines spur action. With the Packers starting to gather tomorrow, this could very well be a non-story soon.
Also restricted free agent LB Jamari Lattimore will have to sign his tender in order to start workouts tomorrow. Hasn’t signed yet. #Packers
— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) April 21, 2014
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