According to his agent, the Seattle Seahawks have placed an original round tender on defensive tackle Brandon Mebane.
The Seahawks have not confirmed the restricted tender designation had been placed on the Cal product.
So what does that mean? Well, that’s yet to be determined with the current Collective Bargaining Agreement set to expire at midnight Eastern Time on Thursday.
A third-round selection out of California, Mebane originally signed a four-year deal worth nearly $3 million. Mebane has been a four-year starter for Seattle, missing five games in four seasons and averaging 40 tackles and 2.5 sacks a season.
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According to Brian McIntyre, under the current agreement an original round tender for a player with four accrued seasons like Mebane carries a $1.275 million, non-guaranteed base salary in 2011.
So if another team signs Mebane to an offer sheet, and Seattle decides not to match it, the Seahawks would receive a third-round pick as compensation.
However, there’s still some uncertainty that Mebane would be a restricted free agent under the new CBA, once the players and owners reach a new agreement. There’s a chance he could become an unrestricted free agent and allowed to fully go out and test the market.
So far Mebane has received a lot of interest from other teams, so under the current scenario interested teams would likely be willing to give up a third-round pick to receive Mebane’s services.
So the restricted tender provides some protection for Seattle, and shows they would like Mebane to return. Seattle general manager John Schneider said talks have gone well with Mebane’s representation, and that he considers the Cal product one of the team’s core players.
Brandon Mebane’s agent Chuck Price echoed those sentiments, saying talks have been constructive, and although they would like to get a long-term deal worked out before the current CBA ends on Friday, he understands the uncertainty of what the new rules will be under new CBA makes it tough to get something done at this time.
However, Price said he’s hopeful the two sides will continue to work toward a long-term agreement getting done this week.
“They made it clear that they would like Brandon to stay,” Price said. “And Brandon has made it clear that he’d like to be there. So we’re really working hard to keep Brandon there.”