The Green Bay Packers tendered five of their seven restricted free agents, with Atari Bigby getting a second-round tender and tight end Tory Humphrey and wide receiver Shaun Bodiford not getting a qualifying offer.
Fullback John Kuhn, receiver Ruvell Martin, outside linebacker Jason Hunter and defensive back Jarrett Bush received the low tender of $1.01 million. The Packers have the right to match any offers they attract, and if they wind up going elsewhere, the team would get a draft pick equal to the one that acquired the player. Because none of those four were drafted, the Packers would not be compensated.
Meanwhile, the Packers gave Bigby the second-round tender of $1.545 million, according to the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Bigby is free to meet with other teams, but the Packers have the right to match any offer. If he winds up elsewhere, the team would receive a second-round pick as compensation.
Humphrey and Bodiford were not tendered, perhaps because of concerns about their injury histories. Humphrey missed several games in 2006 with a hamstring injury and all of 2007 with a broken leg. His 11 receptions were the first 11 since going undrafted out of Central Michigan in 2005 The Packers might try to sign him to a contract worth less than the $1.01 million tender.
Bodiford, a third-year player from Portland State, suffered a low-back injury during offseason practices and had surgery in July. He had one catch in 2007.
Hunter is an intriguing talent who could blossom at outside linebacker. His agent, Robert Walker, told Packer Report tonight that Hunter, "is excited about the changes. He's excited about everything. We're just looking forward to seeing what happens."
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