Green Bay Packers safety Atari Bigby, a restricted free agent prevented from signing with other teams, has signed his one-year tender offer according to Adam Schefter of the ESPN.
"Packers safety Atari Bigby signed his tender with Green Bay today and will be at training camp on time," writes Schefter via his Twitter account.
Gregg Rosenthal of ProFootballTalk.com writes that Bigby "is scheduled to earn $1.759 million."
Reading into Rosenthal's comment, it's unclear whether the Packers reduced Bigby's tender, which they had the option of doing (according to league rules) on June 15.
Rosenthal's colleague Mike Florio wrote on June 14, "We're told that Bigby has received a letter regarding the team's intent to drop his offer." Although the difference in pay between the two tenders is minimal, Bigby would reportedly make $1,704,538 under such a reduced offer.
Bigby figures to receive competition from third-round draft choice Morgan Burnett for the starting safety job opposite Nick Collins. Media and players alike praised the rookie's impressive offseason for his ability to communicate, pick up the system and create an impact.
When Bigby's signing becomes official, first-round draft choice Bryan Bulaga will be the only Packer yet to sign a contract.
With second-round defensive lineman Mike Neal's signing yesterday, the Packers met the 80-man limit required by the NFL. The Packers must make a corresponding move in order to fit Bigby on the roster and must make one more in order to make room for Bulaga.
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