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Mailbag: To match or not to match Sean Richardson offer

4/10/2015

GREEN BAY, Wis. – Each week, we'll take questions about the Green Bay Packers. They can be submitted via Twitter using the hashtag #PackersMail.

This week, we will discuss the following topics:

  • The Oakland Raiders' offer sheet to restricted free agent safety Sean Richardson

  • How Richardson would have an impact on the salary cap

  • Contract extensions for T.J. Lang and Josh Sitton

  • An intriguing draft possibility at receiver

  • And inside linebacker possibilities in Round 1

Let's get started:

Demovsky: Would you pay $2.55 million for a backup safety and special-teams player? I talked to one NFL executive this week who said it's a 50-50 call on whether to match the Oakland Raiders' offer sheet for Sean Richardson. On the one hand, it's only about a million more than the $1.542 million restricted free agent tender offer the Packers made initially. But the Packers have only one backup making that kind of money this season, and that's defensive end/outside linebacker Mike Neal at $3 million. But Neal played 58 percent of the defensive snaps last season. Richardson played 11 percent, and barring an injury to Morgan Burnett or Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, that's not likely to change much. Yes, Richardson played more plays on special teams than anyone else on the roster last year, but the Packers have said they want to revamp their special teams, so maybe that doesn't matter.



Demovsky: That's correct. If they don't match the offer, the $1.542 million would come off the Packers' cap, giving up about $18.99 million in space for this season.



Demovsky: As much as the Packers surely value guards T.J. Lang and Josh Sitton, Mike Daniels is a bigger priority simply because his contract is up at the end of this coming season. Lang and Sitton are both under contract through 2016. Rarely do players get extensions until they're in the last year of their deals, so hold off on that for a while.



Demovsky: Opinions are all over the board on Dorial Green-Beckham, and it's all because of the off-the-field issues. Todd McShay discussed him in this video. McShay had him going at No. 16 in his latest mock draft, but Mel Kiper Jr. didn't have him going in the first round at all despite the fact that he had seven receivers coming off the board. Packers GM Ted Thompson is never going to let anyone know what he thinks of a player's off-the-field issues, so at this point we don't know whether he would considering picking him at No. 30 - or at any other spot.



Demovsky: The answer is ... neither. It seems like picking either Eric Kendricks or Stephone Anthony at No. 30 would be too high. The last thing you want to do is reach to fill a need. That's when the biggest mistakes are made.