(ALLEN PARK) - Green Bay Packers restricted free agent Na'il Diggs yesterday signed a four-year contract offer sheet with a $2.8 million signing bonus and a first year contract number of $2.1 million. The total value of the deal is believed to be in the $11 million range.
Now Detroit will wait and hope that the Green Bay Packers find the deal too pricey to match. As a restricted free agent, Green Bay has right to match on any deal and will assume the contract Detroit has negotiated, if they elect not to match, they will receive Detroit's fourth round pick in exchange.
The Ohio State star, ironically, was also a fourth-round selection and at just 24, has his best years in the NFL ahead of him. Last season, starting at the strong side position for Green Bay, Diggs posted 84 tackles and 3 sacks with 2 interceptions and started all 16 games.
If he joins Detroit, he will patrol the strong side for Detroit. The move doesn't get the Lions off the hook. Detroit still needs someone to play the middle linebacker position and there's no guarantee they'll even end up with Diggs.
Detroit took visits from eight different free agent linebackers, signing none of them. As other teams filled needs, Detroit found themselves on the outside looking in. The Lions got close with Green Bay linebacker Nate Wayne, but Lions GM Matt Millen's insistence that he wanted Wayne to play the middle, drove him to Philadelphia instead, despite Detroit offering almost $2 million more than Philly.
Even if Diggs joins the team, Detroit will lose a valuable asset in their fourth round selection.