Mar 162014

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 wouldn’t match the Buccaneers or outbid them on this one.

This deal is worth 14.25 million over 4 years, with 7.25 million guaranteed. Dietrich-Smith will likely continue playing center in Tampa Bay, though he has the versatility to move to guard if need be. Jeremy Zuttah, meanwhile, will either move back to guard or be a cap casualty in a move that would save the Buccaneers 4.5 million on the cap, more than Dietrich Smith’s average salary. This was a great get for the Buccaneers.

Grade: A

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