The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have offered free-agent safety Kalvin Pearson a one-year tender worth $927,000, but Pearson's agent, Michael Hawthorne, and his client have turned it down, according to an Internet report at TBO.com.
The offer is the minimum the Buccaneers are obligated to offer Pearson, who is a restricted free agent. As an undrafted free agent, the Buccaneers would get no compensation if Pearson chose to sign with another team. But any team that offers Pearson a contract would have to offer him more money to sign him.
Pearson can still accept the offer, even after free agency begins on Friday.
Hawthorne told Bucsblitz.com two weeks ago that Pearson was seeking a multi-year deal from the Bucs and that they had been in discussions since October of last year.
Apparently those talks made little progress.
A phone message left for Hawthorne by Bucsblitz.com had not been returned as of 2:30 p.m. EST.
Hawthorne told Bucsblitz.com two weeks ago that several teams were interested in talking to Pearson once free agency begins. He would not name the teams.
The 29-year old led the Bucs in special teams tackles for the second time in three years in 2007, making 21. He also made a career-high 16 tackles against Carolina in the season finale.
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Matthew Postins covers the Buccaneers for BucsBlitz.com and the Charlotte Sun-Herald in Port Charlotte, Fla. An award-winning member of the Pro Football Writers Association, he appears frequently on Scot Brantley Show from 3-6 p.m. weekdays on WHBO 1470-AM in Tampa-Clearwater.