Report: Saints Offer RFA Willie Snead A Low Tender
Wide receiver Willie Snead is coming off his least productive season with the New Orleans Saints, the same year he was set to become a restricted free agent.
According to ESPN NFL reporter Adam Schefter, the Saints offered Snead an original round tender for the restricted free agent. Snead went undrafted in 2014 out of Ball State.
What does it mean?
The tender is worth $1.9 million for one year, if Snead plays under it in 2018.
It does not get the Saints any compensation if another team offer Snead a deal worth more money.
For Snead to play elsewhere next season, a team would have to offer him a contract more valuable than a one year, $1.9 million deal, and then the Saints must then refuse to match it.
Had Snead been a restricted free agent last offseason, there's a good chance the Saints would've offered him a second-round tender, which would've paid him more money, and forced any team interested in signing him to offer more and give the Saints a second round draft pick as compensation.
Snead was very productive in the New Orleans offense in 2015 and 2016.
In the 2017 offseason, he was arrested for a DUI, and was forced to serve a 3 game suspension. He also battled a hamstring injury to a bulk of the season.
After a 69 catch, 984 yard, 3 touchdown campaign in 2015, followed by a 72 catch, 895 yard, 4 touchdown season in 2016, Snead's number dropped drastically in 2017.
Last year, the 25 year old fell to 4th on the Saints wide receiver depth chart, finishing the season with only 92 yards on 8 catches.