According to Tom Pelissero of USA Today:
Kind of interesting: #Packers put the low ($1.431M) restricted tender on LB Jamari Lattimore.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 11, 2014
The original-round tender assures the Packers can match any offer received by Lattimore in free agency, an unlikely scenario seeing as there will be few teams willing to offer a more attractive contract to a player who's been almost strictly a special teams player and backup in his first three seasons in the NFL.
Essentially, the tender for Lattimore allows the Packers to keep control of him for one more season before becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2015, at which point they'll have to re-assess his value.
Lattmore saw the most playing time of his career on the defensive side of the football this past season, starting four games while filling in for an injured Brad Jones. He made 35 tackles, two sacks and forced fumble, all career-highs.
Clearly, Lattimore is still adjusting to the inside linebacker position after making the switch from the outside in 2011 as a rookie. The raw, physical talent and an ability to play style of football with speed and range is apparent. Now he just has to become more disciplined.
In 2012, Lattimore was voted a postseason capatain by his teammates, representing the special teams, in just his second season in the NFL.
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