Starter Pack: Will the RFAs be tendered?

February, 14, 2014
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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- If the Packers want to keep their restricted free agents -- safety M.D. Jennings and linebacker Jamari Lattimore -- they shouldn't have much trouble.

It's unlikely that teams would make either one a substantial offer, if any offer at all, that would force the Packers to decide whether or not to match it.

The bigger issue might be whether or not the Packers will tender either one of them.

As ESPN's John Clayton wrote this week, the lowest tender for a restricted free agent in 2014 is $1.389 million. That tender would give the Packers the right of first refusal if another team made an offer, but would give them no competition if they chose not to match it.

The other tender offers -- $3 million and$2.124 million -- would carry first- and second-round compensation, respectively, if the teams did not match offers.

What the Packers have to ask themselves is if either Jennings or Lattimore is worth that kind of money. We can safely rule out that they would be candidates for the top-two tenders, and even a salary of $1.389 million might be a stretch.

Although Jennings was a starter last season, the Packers almost certainly will look to upgrade his spot. Lattimore was a fill-on on defense and a core special teams player.

The Packers could decide not to tender either one and perhaps try to sign them for something closer to the minimum for a fourth-year player, which is $645,000.

The deadline for teams to place tenders on their restricted free agents is March 11 at 4 p.m. ET.

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Rob Demovsky

ESPN Green Bay Packers reporter

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