The heart of the NFL offseason has arrived, with teams deep into making the roster moves necessary to come into compliance with a reduce 2021 salary cap, as well as the arrival of the start of free agency next week. While the Seattle Seahawks freed up cap space through the release of defensive end Carlos Dunlap earlier in the week, it is highly likely that between now and 4:00 PM New York Time next Wednesday they will use up some of the cap space tendering restricted free agent Poona Ford. Friday the exact cost of the various RFA tenders was made known.
2021 Restricted Free Agent Tender Amounts— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 12, 2021
1st round: $4.766 million
2nd round: $3.384M
Original round: $2.183M
Right of first refusal only: $2.133M
Seattle has just three restricted free agents this offseason, and those are:
- Poona Ford,
- Shaquem Griffin and
- Jordan Simmons.
Of those three, it appears likely that Ford may be the only one who received a tender offer, as the other two have been unrestricted free agents able to sign with any team at some point during the past year. Simmons was unsigned as a non-tendered exclusive rights free agent last spring due to the injury concerns that have limited his time on the field not just in the NFL, but in college as well, before coming back to the Hawks on a minimum salary deal. Griffin, meanwhile, was waived by the team at the end of training camp and then signed to the practice squad, where he spent the early part of the 2020 season.
So, while the Seahawks front office technically has RFA decisions to make on three players, it seems likely that Ford will be the only one to receive a tender offer from the team.