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Monday, March 1, 2010
Questions as 49ers announce RFA tenders

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

The 49ers are the first NFC West team to announce levels at which they are tendering restricted free agents this offseason.

Linebacker Ahmad Brooks received a second-round tender, meaning he receives a one-year offer for $1,759,000. Any team other than the 49ers to sign Brooks this offseason would have to give a second-round choice to the 49ers if San Francisco declined to match the offer. The Bengals picked Brooks in the third round during the 2006 supplemental draft.

Guard David Baas, a second-round choice of the 49ers in 2005, received an original-round tender. His one-year offer will be for $1,226,000.

One question to consider is whether some RFAs will sign their tenders and immediately report to their teams this offseason given the current labor situation.

Some RFAs were scheduled to become unrestricted this offseason until rules associated with an uncapped season limited their options. RFA tenders do not become guaranteed when signed. They are also for much less money than some of those players would have commanded as UFAs. There could be less incentive to show up right away.