NFL teams have until 4 p.m. next Tuesday to extend qualifying offers to their restricted free agents.
The Seattle Seahawks extended an offer to the first of their three restricted free agents on Tuesday.
According to Mike Garafolo of FOXSports.com, Seattle has placed a second-round tender on safety Jeron Johnson.
Johnson has served as backup to All-Pro starters Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor the last three seasons after making the team as an undrafted free agent in 2011. He’s a valued reserve and key special teams contributor for Seattle. However, he appeared in just seven games this season as he battled hamstring injuries to both legs before landing on injured reserve in December.
Many in Seattle’s organization feel Johnson could be a starter elsewhere if he had the opportunity.
The second-round tender placed on Johnson reflects Seattle’s belief other teams will be seriously interested in his services this offseason. If another team signs Johnson to an offer sheet, the Seahawks will have five days to match the offer. If they choose not to match, Seattle would receiver a second-round pick as compensation. If Johnson signs the tender with Seattle, he will make $2.187 million this season.
Johnson has appeared in 24 games and recorded 15 tackles and a forced fumble in three seasons. He also recovered a blocked punt for a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys in 2012.
Wide receiver Doug Baldwin and backup center Lemuel Jeanpierre also are restricted free agents for the Seahawks.