No restricted free agents receive first-round tenders


As expected, no restricted free agents received a first-round tender, according to the NFL’s official free agency press release.

Recent restricted free agents who have been given first-round tenders were Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz in 2013 and then-Buccaneers defensive end Michael Bennett in 2012. However, this RFA class didn’t have a slam dunk first-round tender candidate, and that held true.

That said, it isn’t a class without some talent. Four restricted free agents received second-round tenders: Seahawks wideout Doug Baldwin, Panthers offensive tackle Byron Bell, Lions running back Joique Bell (who also agreed to an extension Tuesday) and Broncos cornerback Chris Harris.

Eleven other restricted free agents were tendered a contract, with the tendering team simply retaining the right to match any offer sheet. Among this group was Bengals slot receiver Andrew Hawkins, who reportedly has drawn an offer sheet from Cleveland.

Falcons cornerback Robert McClain was the only player given an original-round tender. If the Falcons declined to match an offer sheet to McClain, the signing team would give up a seventh-round pick. McClain was a seventh-round selection of Carolina in 2010.

Forty-six players with less than four accrued NFL seasons were not tendered a contract by their 2013 clubs, including offensive guard Danny Watkins, a 2011 first-round pick of Philadelphia who spent last season with Miami.