A source with access to the NFL’s transaction wire confirmed to Packer Report on Tuesday that Johnny Jolly signed his restricted free agent tender but Tramon Williams and Atari Bigby remain unsigned.
On Monday, the Packers decided to open the 24-hour window giving the club the option to slash their restricted free agent tenders to those players to 110 percent of their 2009 salaries.
In the case of Jolly, he signed the first-round tender worth $2.521 million. The alternative was 110 percent of last year’s $535,000, or $588,500.
For Bigby, there was little reason to sign the tender, since the second-round tender of $1.759 million isn’t much less than the 110 percent tender of $1.6995 million.
For Williams, however, there was a game of chicken being played ahead of Tuesday's 11 p.m. (Central) deadline. He received the first- and third-round tender worth $3.168 million. By not signing, he’s in jeopardy of making only $577,500 — 110 percent of $525,000. That potentially would upset Williams and his agent, Rodney Williams, to the extent that they have no interest in reaching a long-term deal. If the old free agent rules come back into play if a new collective bargaining agreement is reached, Williams would become an unrestricted free agent after this season.
The Packers don’t have to pull the rug out from under the original tenders, but Monday’s decision gave them that right. Ultimately, the Packers had until 11 p.m. Central to make that decision.
Rodney Williams again did not respond to requests for updates.
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