The AJC reports that Falcons tackle Tyson Clabo and punter Michael Koenen have received their designated tenders as restricted free agents. Clabo will receive a first round tender worth $2.521 million, while Koenen will receive a second round tender worth 110% of his 2009 salary. Because Koenen was tagged with the franchise tag last spring, for a salary of $2.48 million, his tender will cost the team $2.73 million.
The Falcons did not release information as to what their other restricted free agent tenders are, which include running backs Jerious Norwood and Jason Snelling, offensive guards Harvey Dahl and Quinn Ojinnaka, and safeties Antoine Harris, Jamaal Fudge, and Charlie Peprah.
Traditionally, players that have accrued three years of experience are restricted free agents. Which permits them to sign with other teams, but their original team retains the right of first refusal, meaning they can match any contract signed by the free agent in order to retain them, or if they choose not to do so receive compensation in the form of a draft pick based on the level of tender they received. If Koenen and Clabo were to sign elsewhere, the team would receive a second and first round pick, respectively.
But due to the uncapped year that is approaching, players with less than six years of accrued NFL experience will also be restricted, which includes Koenen and Clabo.