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Restricted free agent tenders coming



Thursday is the final day for teams to tender offers that give them the right to match competing offers to their restricted free agents.

The Bucs have a few: defensive tackle Jovan Haye, safety Kalvin Pearson and linebacker Antoine Cash.

I've gotten word the team has informed Haye and Pearson that they will be tendered, though the Bucs haven't been clear what level of offers they will present. There are four different tiers of tenders, each requiring a different level of compensation from a potential competing team.

It's our guess Cash will get an offer, too -- probably at the lowest level of $850,000. Pearson is most likely to fall into that category as well. The plan for Haye is less certain. If the team is willing to step up a notch and tender him at $1.3-million, the Bucs will be able to protect him because any suitor would have to offer more money and a second-round pick to boot.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 2:57pm]


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