February 25, 2010

Saints announce more tender offers, more news expected soon

The Saints have not announced which level of tender was applied, but these RFA's will be tendered.

Any restricted free agent-to-be that doesn't receive a tender by the start of free agency become unrestricted free agents.

The Saints announced undetermined tenders for these RFA's: DT Remi Ayodele, LT Jammal Brown, DT Anthony Hargrove, SS Roman Harper, LB Marvin Mitchell, WR Lance Moore, S Chris Reis, WR Courtney Roby, TE David Thomas and RB Pierre Thomas.

We previously learned the tender offers for T Zach Strief and DB Usama Young.

Also reported today was that LT Jermon Bushrod had received a second-round tender offer.

Still unannounced are RB Mike Bell, DE Jeff Charleston, FB Kyle Eckel, RG Jahri Evans, CB Leigh Torrence. That doesn't mean they will become free agents, far from that in fact. The Saints may be preparing a long-term deal with Evans to save the formality of the 1st and 3rd round pick tender offer. Evans is not only the most prized Saint not currently under contract for 2011, but one of the best offensive linemen in the league.

We'd be surprised if the Saints allowed Mike Bell to hit the open market, though Bell may be requesting the opportunity. The Saints could take a similar approach with Bell and starting free safety Darren Sharper, an unrestricted free agent - allow the players to hit the open market with a tacit right to match the best offer received. It may also be that the Saints just haven't announced Bell's tender offer.

Charleston, Eckel and Torrence are reserves who played in 2009.

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