Today is the day the Packers can reduce their offers to their three unsigned restricted free agents. While the team has reportedly sent a letter to Atary Bigby indicating they will do just that, Bigby is not really the issue. As Greg Bedard laid out yesterday, the team can reduce the offers to 110% of the players salary the previous year. For Bigby, that is not all that a dramatic a reduction, going from a tender worth $1,759,000 to a $1,704,538 salary offer.
Yesterday, Mike Florio indicated that he thought Bigby receiving the letter meant that Tramon Williams and Johnny Jolly had to. I'm not sure that's exactly the case. While I could see them sending that letter to Jolly, I have a hard time believing they would get that contentious with Williams, who agreed to a one year deal last May while refusing to sign his exclusive-rights tender. My hunch is that the Packers are working on extending Williams and hopefully will get something done today. Yes, this is way out there in throwing-darts-blindfolded land, but I just think we'll hear good news about Williams soon.
As for Bigby and Jolly, I fully expect them both to have their salary offers reduced today - but remember, that's all it is a salary offer. Both sides can still negotiate and Bigby reportedly could be ready to sit out through camp.
The plot thickens.
UPDATE: And with one Tweet, Bedard blows up my whole post:
But according to a source with contract information, the Packers sent all three players letters at least threatening to cut their tenders.
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