Three players get tender offers

Cornerback Bhawoh Jue, linebacker Torrance Marshall and tight end David Martin each received the minimum restricted free-agent offers from the Green Bay Packers on Monday. Defensive tackle Rod Walker, hampered by knee and shoulder injuries in recent years, did not receive a tender.<p>

Jue, Marshall and Martin will each count $628,000 against the team's $80.5 million salary cap beginning Wednesday. Walker may be re-signed by the Packers at a later date when he is healthy.

The Packers also extended offers to five exclusive rights players: offensive tackle Kevin Barry, running back Tony Fisher, linebackers Marcus Wilkins and Paris Lenon, and cornerback James Whitley.

Restricted free agent can negotiate with any team in the NFL through April 16. If he accepts an offer from a new club, like linebacker Na'il Diggs did last year, his team can match the offer and retain him because it has the "right of first refusal." The Detroit Lions last year offered Diggs a four-year, $10.5 million contract that the Packers matched.

It is unlikely that Jue, Marshall or Martin will receive offers from other teams. If they do and the Packers do not match, they will receive draft-choice compensation depending on the amount of the qualifying offer and the round in which the player was selected. Marshall and Jue were third-round picks, and Martin was a sixth-round selection in the 2001 NFL draft.

Exclusive rights free agents can only negotiate long-term deals with their current team.


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