With June 15 approaching quickly, the Packers have three restricted free agents whose tender offers may soon be dropping if they fail to accept them.
Greg Bedard of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel points out that cornerback Tramon Williams, defensive lineman Johnny Jolly, and safety Atari Bigby have yet to accept offers in the amount of $3.168 million, $2.521 million, and $1.759 million, respectively.
Williams’ could see his offer plunge to $584,078 if he doesn’t sign before 12:00 a.m. ET. Jolly’s would drop to $589,501. Bigby faces a modest reduction in the range of $54,000, since 110 percent of his 2009 base salary equates to $1,704,538.
We’re told that Bigby has received a letter regarding the team’s intent to drop his offer. It’s likely, then, that the others have received the same letter.
That said, we continue to believe that the Collective Bargaining Agreement does not require advance notice of the intention to reduce the offer. At least one agent who represents more than one restricted free agent agrees with our characterization.