2008 RFA tender amounts

A scource at Scout.com has obtained the four tender amounts for National Football League restricted free agents this off-season. Premium subscribers, see how much the amounts have increased over 2007!

Running back Vernand Morency and defensive tackle Colin Cole are the only two Green Bay Packers scheduled to become restricted free agents on Feb. 28, the deadline for submission of qualifying offers by teams to their restricted free agents whose contracts have expired and to whom they desire to retain a right of first refusal/compensation.

For all tenders, the original team retains right of first refusal to match the offer or receives various levels of compensation (selections in this year's NFL draft). Here is the tender amount and compensation required this offseason:

$927,000 (minimum tender)
Compensation: Round drafted (or simply right of first refusal if player was undrafted).

$1.47 million
Compensation: Second Round pick

$2.017 million
Compensation: First Round Pick

$2.562 million
Compensation: First and Third Round Pick

Neither Morency nor Cole are expected to receive anything but the minimum tender. Both were backups last season at their respective positions. There is somewhat of a risk with giving Cole a low tender because he entered the league with Minnesota as a non-drafted free agent. Therefore, if Cole, after receiving a qualifying offer from the Packers, signs an offer sheet from another team and the Packers refuse to match, Green Bay would get no draft picks in return.

If a player does not receive an offer sheet from his original team, he becomes an unrestricted free agent.

In 2007, the first and third round tender was $2.35 million. The first round tender was $1.85 million; second round tender $1.3 million; and low tender, $850,000.

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