Packers set to match Lions offer sheet for Diggs

The Green Bay Packers are set to match the Detroit Lions offer sheet for restricted free agent Na'il Diggs and in a process, put another nail in what has been one of the most dismal free agent signing periods in Detroit since the process began.

Sources out of Wisconsin tell that the Packers feel that Detroit's offer is not prohibitive and that after all cap charges are figured in, Green Bay would only take a $1.5 million hit to their salary cap to match the offer.

In fact, the only way that Green Bay will not match the offer is if they feel the Philadelphia Eagles will offer a heavily front loaded contract that will cost them to lose premier restricted free agent Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila.

Gbaja-Biamila has recorded an astounding 25 1/2 sacks in a part-time role for Green Bay.  His production is the reason Philadelphia, which recently lost free agent Hugh Douglas to the Jacksonville Jaguars, are willing to give up a first-round draft pick as compensation for signing Gbaja-Biamila.

After losing Douglas, the Eagles are over $10 million under the salary cap and have Gbaja-Biamila squarely in their sights as a replacement to Douglas.

Meanwhile, the one intangible in all the Diggs discussions is the fact that the player himself is asking Green Bay not to match the offer. 

Diggs felt insulted that Green Bay tendered him at the lowest level that a restricted free agent could be tendered.  That required just a fourth-round pick as compensation.

Feeling disrespected an unwanted, Diggs made the decision to accept an offer sheet from Detroit because they made him feel wanted.  Green Bay, however, has sent word to Diggs' agent Mitch Frankel, saying that the tender in no way reflected their feelings for the young former Ohio State standout.

Diggs has reportedly softened his stance and is said to be grudgingly willing to accept playing in Green Bay again.  Now the Packers will have until Monday to match the offer and Mike Sherman will likely take the full seven days. 

That should worry Lions GM Matt Millen because he desperately needs a signing at one of the weakest position on the Detroit team.  Millen was one of the main reasons Chris Claiborne held secretive talks with the Minnesota Vikings prior to signing.  There is no love lost between those two.

In view of all these factors, it would not be surprising if Philadelphia waits until the seven days expire to see whether or not Green Bay matches so they know best how to structure a restrictive offer for Gbaja-Biamila.

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