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Shhhh! Here is the dirty little secret on these tender offers


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No teams in NFL are giving up 1st or 2nd round picks for any of these players - Falcons or otherwise. The higher you tender, the more money you have to give.

This is why I don't really get tendering Clabo/Dahl/Snelling/Norwood so high.....

My interpretation:

We like you as a player and we want to keep you......the CBA is screwing you over because you cannot be an UFA so you can get long-term deal and security in open market. We want to keep you, and we don't want you to hate us.....We could really screw you over and tender you with 3rd round tender and pay you less....We want you to be "OK" with us(Falcons Mgmt.) so we are throwing you a bone and tendering you higher so we can give you a higher one year deal than we have too.....

Anyway, that is my theory.

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Typically the RFA's are still working off their rookie contracts and so 110% is nothing in NFL terms. The player on the other hand is looking for his first big pay day after his rookie contract expires.

While the team would have to pay at the appropriate level of what they tendered should not other teams be interested they can also negotiate with the interested team and change the picks received to work out a deal.

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Don't forget that the "final 8" rule only applies to UFA's, so those teams may be even more aggressive than usual in going after other team's RFA's since that is really the only way they can improve their team without giving something up or hoping that they get lucky in the draft. That's probably why so many mid-level players are getting higher tenders - to scare top teams away from stealing their players with a massive contract/poison pill.

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You have to remember that there are very slim pickings available in the free agency market this year. It makes no sense to risk losing a starter like Dahl/Claybo by tendering them at a level where someone may just be tempted to give up a low 2nd to take them. If we were to lose one, the only UFA replacements are 30 somethings who will probably be heavily overpaid because of the lack supply.

Besides, our total spending this year is currently way under last year's cap number. These guys have given several years of performance the team for minimum salary, so it makes no sense to stiff them and run the risk of losing one for the sake of saving a few hundred thousand dollars, especially if we have any ambitions to try to keep any of them here long term.

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