Four Sacks And Hustle Will Earn “Te’O” An OfferJanuary 24th, 2013
If you’re young and you can rush the passer, you get paid in the NFL. It’s really that simple.
So it’s no surprise that Bucs rockstar general manager Mark Dominik is planning to slap a significant restricted free agent tender offer on Daniel Te’O-Nesheim, who filled in at defensive end for Adrian Clayborn and proved solid against the run and pass. Snatched by Dominik from the Eagles’ practice squad, Te’O-Nesheim is was the Eagles third-round pick in 2010, and recorded 40 tackles and four sacks in 14 starts for Clayborn.
Tampa Tribune beat writer Woody Cummings delivered news of the Bucs’ postseason approval of “Te’-O.”
Dominik indicated this week that he may offer Te’O-Nesheim a second-round tender – or maybe even a first-round tender – to ensure he retains a player who has proved to be a valuable member of the defensive line rotation.
Joe’s all good with this. Te’O stayed healthy and has a big motor. He’s just fine to rotate in, and he should have more upside at 25 years old.
Last year, a second-round tender paid $1.9 million. If the Bucs slap that tag on “Te’-O,” another team would have to pay him at least that much and give the Bucs a second-round pick. Joe can’t imagine any team paying that high a ransom for a solid reserve.