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Buccaneers tender Daniel Te'o-Nesheim

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have placed the lowest restricted free-agent tender on defensive end Daniel Te’o-Nesheim, according to a league source.

The Bucs placed the $1.323 million tender on a player who wound up starting 14 games and producing four sacks last season. But that’s the smart approach from a financial standpoint for a player who figures to be a backup with Adrian Clayborn expected to return from an injury next season.

There’s no need for the Bucs to place a higher tender on Te’o-Nesheim because he originally was a third-round pick by the Philadelphia Eagles. If another team signed Te’o-Nesheim away, it would have to give the Bucs a third-round draft pick, and that’s not likely to happen.