Friday, March 8, 2013
AFC North restricted free-agent projections
By Jamison Hensley
Teams have until 4 p.m. Tuesday to assign tenders to restricted free agents in order to prevent them from being unrestricted free agents.
There are four one-year tenders that can be used: a first-round one worth $2.879 million for 2013; second-rounder for $2.02 million and an original-round (or low) tender at $1.323 million or right of first refusal tender ($1.323) that doesn't carry any draft pick compensation. If someone signs one of the restricted free agents to an offer sheet, the team can either match that contract to keep the player or receive a draft pick as compensation for losing him.
The teams with the most decisions are the Ravens and Steelers. The Ravens would prefer to put the original tender on defensive lineman Art Jones, who was a fifth-round pick. But the team will probably play it safe with a second-round one. The Steelers have to figure out what to do at running back. I project Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer will both get tendered, but there's a chance only one will because of Pittsburgh's limited salary-cap space.
I will update all the official tenders next week, but here's a projection on what will happen to the restricted free agents in the division:
S Jeromy Miles: Already tendered right of first refusal (no compensation)
RB Chris Ogbonnaya: Original round (seventh round)
FB Eddie Williams: No tender
LS Morgan Cox: Right of first refusal (no compensation)
TE Ed Dickson: Original round (third round)
OL Ramon Harewood: No tender (can be re-signed at lower salary)
DT Art Jones: Second round
TE Dennis Pitta: Second round
WR David Reed: No tender (can be re-signed at lower salary)
RB Jonathan Dwyer: Original round (sixth round)
P Jeremy Kapinos: No tender
NT Steve McLendon: Second round
RB Isaac Redman: Right of first refusal (no compensation)
LB Stevenson Sylvester: Original round (fifth round)
WR Emmanuel Sanders: Original round (third round)