Long snapper Clint Gresham signs tender with Seahawks
The Seattle Seahawks had given Clint Gresham a right of first refusal tender, allowing the team to match any offer sheet made by other teams. But after Clint Gresham didn’t find a better offer he will return for a fourth season with the Seattle Seahawks to make $1.323 million in 2013.
This makes Clint Gresham the first of Seattle Seahawks’ three restricted free agent to sign off on their tenders.
Fourth-year safety Chris Maragos was also tendered a right of first refusal by the Seattle Seahawks while veteran defensive tackle Clinton McDonald was given a seventh round tender. The Seattle Seahawks did not tender wide receiver Deon Butler, who became an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
Clint Gresham has been a consistent performer for the Seattle Seahawks over the past three seasons, and a key special teams player who will return in 2013.
However, since restricted free agent tenders are not fully guaranteed, so his roster spot for 2013 is not entirely safe. There’s always the possibility of bringing in an undrafted rookie free agent to build competition; and if he out performs the veteran, it could be a good bargain for a player on an absolute minimum deal. But consistency is could be the deciding factor in such a design.
So, if Clint Gresham survives the final roster cuts, he will continue snapping to Jon Ryan on punts for next season while Ryan also functions as holder on field goals. The Seattle Seahawks still face a question mark at kicker, with incumbent Steven Hauschka is a restricted free agent while rookie Carson Wiggs will have till training camp to make his case for the job.