According to the NFL Players Association, the restricted free agent tenders for 2005 will be $1.9 million, $1.43 million and $656,000.
The Steelers aren't likely to use the high tender on any of their
players. That tender would give them first- and third-round
compensation from any team that signs a player.
But they are likely to use the second tender on at least one of
their restricted free agents - Reed - if they are unable to work
something out with the kicker between now and the beginning of
free agency March 2.
Because Reed was signed as an undrafted free agent, if the
Steelers offer him a low tender and another team signs him, the
Steelers would receive no compensation. The low tender
guarantees the team a pick equal to that of the round the player
was selected in.
Because of that, the Steelers will be able to tender Hope, their
starting free safety, and Foote, a starting inside linebacker, at
$656,000. Unless either player gets a contract that is completely
out of whack, the Steelers could match it or receive a third round
pick for Hope or a fourth rounder for Foote.
Running back Verron Haynes, a former fifth-round pick, and wide
receiver Lee Mays, a sixth-rounder, and defensive end Brett Keisel, a seventh-rounder, are also likely to be given the low
That means the Steelers would be spending nearly $4.8 million
to keep Reed, Hope, Foote, Mays, Keisel and Haynes around for
But, as they did with Chris Hoke last season, they could still work
out a more lucrative deal with any of those players, even if the
player signs the one-year tender offer. After signing his one-year
tender, Hoke signed a two-year deal for less money, a contract
that all but guaranteed him a roster spot.
Breaking down the restricted offers
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