Ravens tender six exclusive-rights free agents, including Josh Bynes
By By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun|
Mar 11, 2014 | 1:22 PM
The Ravens have extended tender offers to their six exclusive-rights free agents, according to sources.
That includes inside linebacker Josh Bynes, safeties Brynden Trawick, Anthony Levine and Omar Brown, outside linebacker D.J. Bryant and outside linebacker Adrian Hamilton.
The Ravens have offered the deals in advance of today's 4 p.m. start of free agency. If the Ravens hadn't assigned the tenders, the players would have become unrestricted free agents.
The players now have the choice of either signing with the Ravens or not playing. The team that assigns the tenders has exclusive contractual rights with the player.
Bynes and Brown were assigned $570,000 tenders. Bynes started a career-high six games last season, missing one game with a finger injury. He made a career-high 41 tackles and had three pass deflections.
Bryant, a Randallstown graduate who spent last season on injured reseve with a torn anterior cruciate ligament, was given a $420,000 tender. So was Hamilton, who spent last season on injured reserve after undergoing wrist surgery.
Levine, who had 11 special-teams tackles last season, and Trawick, who had eight special-teams tackles, were both given $495,000 tenders.
Prior to the processing of inside linebacker Albert McClellan's two-year contract that includes a $400,000 signing bonus, the Ravens are $19.017 million under the NFL salary-cap limit of $133 million.
McClellan was signed to a contract instead of a restricted free agent tender. The Ravens are not giving a restricted free agent tender to wide receiver Tandon Doss, who will become an unrestricted free agent later today.