Saturday, March 9, 2013
New Orleans tenders two more RFAs
By Pat Yasinskas
We heard Friday night the New Orleans Saints had placed the second-round tender on restricted free agent Chris Ivory.
But the running back isn’t the only one getting that tender. Center Brian de la Puente and defensive end Junior Galette also have been designated for the $2.023 million tender. Other teams can make offers, but the Saints would have the right of first refusal and would receive a second-round pick if either player were to leave.
The tender is likely to prevent other teams from making offers. De la Puente has emerged as a solid starter and Galette should have a chance to be an edge rusher as the Saints switch to a 3-4 defense.
The tenders leave the Saints about $6 million over the cap. That means more moves have to come before Tuesday, and veterans Will Smith, Jonathan Vilma and Roman Harper are candidates for restructure or release.