I know there are many wondering exactly which players were tendered restricted free agent contracts for the Cardinals, so here is that list:
- RB Tim Hightower
- WR Early Doucet
- G Deuce Lutui
- WR Steve Breaston
- DL Alan Branch
- C Lyle Sendlein
- T Brandon Keith
Some quick thoughts on these. These were clearly done — not surprisingly — based on the 2010 rules that it takes six accrued seasons to reach unrestricted free-agent status. Conventional wisdom is that the new CBA will again call for four years to reach UFA status, which in the Cards’ case would mean the tenders wouldn’t matter to Lutui, Breaston, Branch or Sendlein — all would be unrestricted.
It’s also notable (although not a shock, given how much he was inactive) that the Cards declined to tender NT Gabe Watson, who would be in the same boat as Lutui, for example, after playing five seasons. TE Ben Patrick also could have been in that vein, although again, that doesn’t absolutely rule out a return. It just means the Cards weren’t willing to lock them into a high salary. Same goes for TE Stephen Spach and DE Kenny Iwebema, among others.
The level of each tender offer was not available.
Tags: Alan Branch, Ben Patrick, Brandon Keith, Deuce Lutui, Early Doucet, Gabe Watson, Lyle Sendlein, Steve Breaston, Tim Hightower
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