The Packers have five restricted free agents heading into the offseason, including starters Evan Dietrich-Smith and Sam Shields. The other players, Tom Crabtree, Rob Francois and Frank Zombo, all contributed in some way during the 2012 season.
The Packers need to handle these free agents well to keep the costs low and make sure they don't lose their players.
Restricted free agency have rarely switched teams in recent years, but if a team isn't careful, it could happen with the right deal. It probably makes sense to place second-round tenders on Dietrich-Smith and Shields, while hoping to re-sign at least Crabtree and Francois for the veteran-minimum. Zombo's future with the team seems the most murky of the five players.
While the Packers may place tenders on Dietrich-Smith and Shields, it would be wise to work on long-term deals that would ensure the players stay in Green Bay. Both players seem to have future with the Packers, so it makes sense for both sides.