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Falcons slap 2nd round tender on Clabo

February 26th, 2009

FalconInsider.com reports that the Falcons have tendered restricted free agent Tyson Clabo with a second round pick. Clabo will earn $1.545 million this year in salary. If another team attempts to sign him this off-season, the Falcons have the right to match the offer in order to keep him or will receive a second round pick as compensation if they choose not to.

Clabo started 16 games this past year at right tackle. He has started 37 games in the past three seasons for the Falcons after joining the team’s practice squad in 2005. He was an undrafted rookie free agent out of Wake Forest in 2004 with the Denver Broncos. He has started at left guard, right guard, and right tackle in his Falcon career.

The Falcons have three other restricted free agents, and today is the deadline for teams to extend tenders to them. Guard Harvey Dahl, safety Jamaal Fudge, and center Ben Wilkerson are the other RFAs.
There are four levels for restricted free agents. The highest level carries compensation of first and third round picks and a $2.792 million salary. The second highest level has compensation of a first round pick and a $2.198 million salary. The next level is the second round tender that Clabo received. The lowest level carries a salary of $1.01 million, and has the compensation of the round in which the player was originally selected. Since all four of the Falcons restricted free agents were not drafted, they will get no compensation if they are tendered at the lowest level. If the Falcons do not tender them at all, they become unrestricted free agents and are free to sign with any team.
Scout.com also reports that the Falcons have opted not to extend a tender to exclusive rights free agent offensive tackle Pat McCoy, making him an unrestricted free agent. Unlike restricted free agents, exclusive rights free agents are tendered based off experience and given the minimum salary determined by the number of years they have been in the league.
The Falcons other exclusive rights free agents are: tackle Renardo Foster, cornerback Brent Grimes, safety Antoine Harris, and running back Jason Snelling. The Falcons will also need to tender them as well since the free agent signing period begins tonight at midnight.
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