UPDATE: The report was later modified to reflect a second-round tender offer for Jerious Norwood. Contract details for Norwood are, thus, similar to Michael Koenen.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Falcons made tender offers to Harvey Dahl, Tyson Clabo, Jerious Norwood and Michael Koenen Wednesday evening — a step in retaining the services of the restricted free agents.
Dahl, Clabo and Norwood reportedly received first-round tender offers. This move would give the Falcons a first-round draft pick in compensation from any team that signs the offensive linemen and running back away. According to NFLLabor.com, it also makes the trio’s salary for 2010 $2.521 million or 110 percent of his 2009 salary, whichever is greater.
Clabo started every game at right tackle for the past two season’s in Atlanta, helping lead the way for the leauge’s second-best rushing attack in 2008. Dahl emerged as a star at right guard over the past two seasons, but missed the end of 2009 with an ankle injury. Norwood rushed for 252 yards on 76 carries in an injury-plagued 2009.
Koenen was reportedly offered a second-round tender. He was marked with the franchise tag in 2009, keeping him off the unrestricted free agent market after a banner year in the punting game. Koenen averaged 42.6 yards per kick and placed 18 balls inside the 20 last season. In an uncapped year, he’s scheduled to be a restricted free agent.
By rule, a second-round tender for a player with five seasons experience comes with a $1.809 salary or 110 percent of his previous seasons’ pay, whichever is greater. The Falcons would also get a second-round draft pick if a team signs Koenen away.