The Seattle Seahawks announced that they have tendered four restricted free agents today, allowing them to become free agents at 9 p.m. this evening at the beginning of free agency.
The Seahawks tendered WR Ben Obomanu at a seventh round level ($1.101 million salary), which was his draft position three years ago, along with offensive guard Rob Sims at his original draft position (4th round, $1,176 million salary), center Chris Spencer at his original draft position (1st round, $2,621 million salary) and Darryl Tapp at his original draft position (2nd round, $1,176 million).
The restricted tender designations mean the Seahawks have first right of refusal for those for players, or they can receive a pick in the round of that player’s original draft status if they choose not to match an offer sheet from another team on that player.
Also, the Seahawks placed an exclusive rights tender on linebacker David Hawthorne. Because Hawthorne only has two years of experience in the league, he is not eligible to sign with another NFL team and can only sign the tender, or try and negotiate a different deal.
Offensive tackle Brandon Frye and linebacker Lance Laury were not tendered, and therefore will become free agents when the free agency period begins this evening.