In a move that could keep players and owners at odds, teams will start to use restricted free-agent tenders, starting with the Panthers.
According to PFW correspondent and Rock Hill Herald writer Darin Gantt, the Panthers will place the RFA tenders on RB DeAngelo Williams and DE Charles Johnson. The Panthers placed the franchise tag on C Ryan Kalil on Tuesday.
If another team offers Williams or Johnson more money, the Panthers have the right to match it or receive draft-pick compensation.
The issue with these tenders is that teams do not know if they will be binding under the labor uncertainty and how they will work in a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. With last year being uncapped, players with four or five years of service can get the tender, even though they would be unrestricted in other capped years.
The way we see it
An agent told ESPN's Adam Schefter, in regards to teams using RFA tenders, "The boxing gloves are on." The NFLPA is already against the use of franchise tags because of the labor uncertainty, and the tenders are another way of teams restricting what their free agents can do.
For the Panthers, this allows them security in terms of holding on to Williams and Johnson. Williams played in only eight games last season, rushing for 361 yards, but he is only 27 years old and has two 1,000-yard rushing seasons. Johnson recorded a team-high 11½ sacks in 2010.