Eight RFAs Receive Tenders

The Packers made qualifying offers to all eight of their restricted free agents, including starters Daryn Colledge, Jason Spitz, Atari Bigby, Tramon Williams, Johnny Jolly and John Kuhn. Exclusive-rights free agent Jeremy Kapinos, however, has not been tendered.

The Packers offered free agent tenders to all of their restricted free agents on Wednesday but have not made an offer to punter Jeremy Kapinos.

That includes safety Atari Bigby, cornerback Will Blackmon, guard Daryn Colledge, safety Nick Collins, defensive end Johnny Jolly, fullback John Kuhn, center/guard Jason Spitz and cornerback Tramon Williams.

The tenders give the Packers the chance to retain those players by matching any offer they receive from another team.

Levels were not immediately available, and a few agents reached by Packer Report said they had not seen the offer sheets. Blackmon and Kuhn reportedly received the original-round tender of $1.176 million. If either were to sign with another team, the Packers would get a fourth-round pick for Blackmon and no compensation for the undrafted Kuhn.

"I am just thankful for gettin another chance and for being trusted," Blackmon said on his Twitter account. "Everyone believe! Just believe. Let's rock Packer Nation. See u in Dallas (home of next year's Super Bowl)!"

Collins was expected to get the first- and third-round tender worth about $3.3 million. Sources told Packer Report a couple weeks ago that Colledge, Spitz, Jolly and Bigby were expected to get second-round tenders worth $1.759 million. Williams, because cornerback is such a premium position, will either get the first-round tender ($2.396 million) or second-round tender ($1.684 million). Because he entered the league as an undrafted rookie, they needed to give him a high tender because they'd receive no compensation.

The Packers had two exclusive-rights free agents: Kapinos and tight end Spencer Havner. The Packers made an offer to Havner, which locks him up for another season (exclusive-rights free agents are not allowed to shop their services).

If they don't make an offer to Kapinos by Thursday afternoon, he'd become an unrestricted free agent. The only other punter on the roster is Tim Masthay, who was an early cut for the Colts as an undrafted rookie from Kentucky last year.

Free agency begins at 11:01 p.m. Central on Thursday.

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