Redskins have unfinished business with RFA's Thompson, Compton


Earlier this week I looked at the Redskins’ unrestricted free agents.

The team has offered tenders to their two exclusive rights free agents, OT’s Ty Nsekhe and Vinston Painter.

They have two other players who are free agents and there is a deadline approaching.

Third-down back Chris Thompson and starting Mike linebacker Will Compton are restricted free agents. They will remain RFA’s as long as the team offers them tenders by 4 p.m. on Thursday. If they aren’t offered the tenders by that time they will become unrestricted free agents. The Redskins likely will not let that happen but the clock is ticking.

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The restricted free agent tender salaries were announced earlier this week. The low or original round tender will be $1.8 million. That is the level likely to be given to Thompson and Compton.

The two would be free to shop their services just like any other free agent. If they get an offer sheet the Redskins would have seven days to match it. If they choose not to match an offer for Thompson they would get a fifth-round pick in return since that is the round in which he was drafted. They would get nothing for Compton, who signed as an undrafted free agent.

In order to get anything in return for Compton they would have to put the second-round tender on him. That would set them back $2.7 million, probably too much for Compton. It should be noted that offer sheets to RFA's are rare and the players usually end up staying with the team that tendered them.


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The money from the tenders is not guaranteed. Assuming both are on the team and they play out their deals they would become unrestricted free agents in 2018.

The team’s other option would be to sign one or both of them to two- or three-year contracts. The players could get some money up front with a signing bonus and maybe make a little more money since the team essentially would be buying out the players’ first year or two of unrestricted free agency.

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