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Thursday, March 3, 2011
Page tendered at 2nd-round level

By Mike Reiss

The Patriots announced tonight that they have extended tender offers to restricted free agents BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Jarrad Page.

The team did not announce the level of the tenders, but according to sources, both are at the second-round level.

The tender to Green-Ellis was expected, while Page's tender is a sign that the Patriots are interested working with him. Page enters his sixth NFL season and prior to last season, the team had traded a 2012 seventh-round draft choice to Kansas City to acquire him, and paid him a one-year salary of $1.7 million.

Page's 2010 season in New England was limited by a calf injury, as he appeared in 10 games (1 start). In all, he played 17 percent of the team's defensive snaps while also contributing on special teams. In 2011, he would join a deep safety mix that includes Brandon Meriweather, Patrick Chung, James Sanders, Josh Barrett and Sergio Brown atop the depth chart, although it's imporant to note that under a new collective bargaining agreement, he could qualify for unrestricted free agency.

A tender offer means that another team can sign the player to an offer sheet and the Patriots have the opportunity to match the offer. If the Patriots don't match, they would receive a second-round draft choice as compensation.

In the cases of Green-Ellis and Page, it would be a surprise if another team signed them to an offer sheet.

The Patriots also announced that cornerback Kyle Arrington was tendered an exclusive rights tender, which was expected. That basically means the team wants to keep working with Arrington, which was expected after he started 14 games last season.

Offensive lineman Quinn Ojinnaka was not tendered a restricted free agent offer.