According to ESPN’s Vaughn McClure, the Atlanta Falcons have decided on the tenders they would extend to restricted free agents Paul Worrilow, Ryan Schraeder and Nate Stupar. Per McClure, the Falcons are putting the second-round tender on both Worrilow and Schraeder, meaning that they will earn $2.553 million this year one one-year deals.
They are not expected to tender Stupar, who could subsequently become an unrestricted free agent on Wednesday when free agency begins. However McClure indicates that the Falcons are still likely to offer Stupar a contract. A year ago before the start of free agency, the Falcons re-signed fullback Patrick DiMarco to a two-year deal before he was slated to become a restricted free agent. It’s possible they have a similar plan for Stupar.
The tenders give the Falcons the “right of first refusal,” meaning if either Worrilow or Schraeder sign offers with another NFL team, the Falcons will have the ability to match the contract within seven days. If the Falcons do not match, they will be owed a second-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft by the other team.
Worrilow, 25, recorded a career-low 95 tackles in 2015, but added the first two interceptions of his career. Worrilow has started 43 games over three years with the Falcons and has led the team in tackles all three seasons. Worrilow was an undrafted free agent out of Delaware in 2013 and has served as a defensive captain for the Falcons the past two years.
Schraeder, 27, started every game in 2015 at right tackle. Over three seasons with the Falcons, he has started 30 games primarily at right tackle, but also has experience working as a left tackle during training camp earlier in his career. Schraeder didn’t play football until his sophomore year of college of Butler Community College in Kansas. He then transferred to Valdosta State, where he started two seasons at left tackle before joining the Falcons as an undrafted free agent in 2013.
Stupar, 27, had a career-high 31 tackles in 2015 while starting three games over the course of the season, with two starts coming at strong-side linebacker and one in the middle. Stupar also had a sack and a fumble recovery for a touchdown and led the team with nine special-teams tackles this past year. Stupar joined the Falcons at the start of 2014 after spending time over the two previous years with the Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers and Jacksonville Jaguars. Stupar was originally selected out of Penn State by the Raiders in the seventh round of the 2012 NFL Draft.