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Bucs continue line dance, sign C Dietrich-Smith



The Bucs line dance continued Friday as the team announced the signing of Packers free agent center/guard Evan Dietrich-Smith.

The 6-foot-2, 308-pound Dietrich-Smith, 27, started all 16 games last season for the Packers at center. He agreed to terms on a four-year, $14.25-million contract with $7.25-million guaranteed.

It's the seventh player to join the Bucs since the free agent signing period began Tuesday and the second offensive lineman.

Coach Lovie Smith said the Bucs offensive line was overpaid and underperformed last season. The Bucs already have already released guard Davin Joseph and tackle Donald Penn, who had made 108 consecutive starts in seven seasons. Replacing Penn will be Bengals free agent Anthony Collins.

Dietrich-Smith could start at either center or guard, where he played prior to last season with the Packers. But his signing may not be good news for center Jeremy Zuttah, who will earn $4.5-million this season.





[Last modified: Friday, March 14, 2014 4:42pm]


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