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Thursday, March 20, 2014
Did Packers let Dietrich-Smith, Jones go?

By Rob Demovsky

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The moderately-priced contracts signed by former Green Bay Packers' players Evan Dietrich-Smith and James Jones indicate that their old team had little or no interest in re-signing them.

Neither Dietrich-Smith nor Jones received signing bonuses to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders, respectively.

Dietrich-Smith, who completed his first full season as the Packers' starting center last year, signed a four-year, $14.25 million contract that will pay him $3.5 million in the first year. Jones, a seven-year contributor as a receiver, signed a three-year, $10 million contract with the Oakland Raiders that will pay him $3.8 million in the first year.

Both are essentially pay-as-you-go deals because there are no signing-bonus prorations over the length of the deal. That means either player could be cut after this season with no future salary-cap ramifications.

Here's a look at the deals signed by the two former Packers, according ESPN Stats & Information:

Evan Dietrich Smith

2014
2015
2016
2017
James Jones

2014
2015
2016
Note: Jones could earn up to $433,000 in incentives in each season