Packers Rumors: Will Green Bay Match Raiders' Offer Sheet To Sean Richardson?

The Green Bay Packers thought enough of special teams standout and reserve safety Sean Richardson to tender the restricted free agent a contract back in March.

However, now that the Oakland Raiders have agressively outbid Green Bay's original offer, GM Ted Thompson has some thinking to do.


Richardson, a reserve safety, was mostly an afterthought a month ago when the Packers tendered him a low contract worth $1.54 million for 2015. It was assumed he'd eventually sign the contract and take his place in the Packers' rebuild after they finished last in the Dallas Morning News' annual special-teams rankings last season.

However, former Packers personnel executive Reggie McKenzie threw a curve ball when he offered Richardson a one-year, $2.55 million contract to come to Oakland. In turn, he presented his former boss, Packers general manager Ted Thompson, with an interesting dilemma.

The Packers believed in Richardson enough to extend a right-of-first-refusal tender, but are they willing to tack on another million to sweeten the deal? He'd carry the 14th-highest number toward next year's cap.

Common sense says Thompson probably won't budge. He already determined Richardson wasn't worth the second-round tender ($2.356 million) that would've assured his return.

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