Steelers tender offer to four players
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The Steelers issued one-year contract tenders to four of their restricted free agents today, two of $1,417,000 and two of $927,000.
Wide receiver Nate Washington and guard Chris Kemoeatu each received the higher of the two tenders, while offensive tackle Trai Essex and long-snapper Greg Warren received the lower amounts.
They did not make one to linebacker Andre Frazier, thus making him an unrestricted free agent.
By giving Washington and Kemoeatu the higher amounts, the Steelers not only maintained their rights to match any contracts they might sign with another team, but they would receive second-round draft choices for each if they declined to match.
Essex would bring a third-round draft choice if they declined to match, because he was drafted in the third round. Because Warren made the team as an undrafted free agent, they would receive nothing in return for him but they still maintain their right to match if he signs elsewhere.
First Published February 28, 2008 3:48 pm