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Bigby Signs Tender, Unclear Whether Packers Reduced Offer

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Bigby Signs Tender, Unclear Whether Packers Reduced Offer

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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PackersRS's picture

Cya Jarrett!

some_dude's picture

Bigby finally comes to his senses, no play no pay!

ZeroTolerence's picture

I just hope we can get an upgrade to his play, even though, as he once stated, 'hey, I'm the Defensive player of the month'.

He can't cover a lick and is always in at the end of a play.

Ruppert's picture

Bigby can be good when he's healthy...he's just never healthy.

Did he do any real harm to the team by "holding out" until this point? Probably not. Come on in, and let's get this season started!

The yooper's picture

Agreed. Bigby looked like a player his 1st year with us. But I don't think he has been healthy since.

nerd's laptop's picture

That unreported ankle injury may have cost him a half a step. I still think he's bitter about that.

Chris's picture

This cannot be bad. I hope they give Burnett a fair fighting chance to win the spot.
Let's just hope Bigby doesn't become a locker room maggot if he loses the battle.

Tarynfor12's picture

Gee,I can't wait for the two or three highlight shots and then him becoming a highlight on the IR.I'll be generous and give him 5 weeks and the injury comes against Miami and just in time for the Minn game we bring Bush back from P/S for more Favre highlights.

Ruppert's picture

That's the spirit!

Tarynfor12's picture

I have alot of SPIRIT,but I never close my eyes to a yearly reality and adjust for it.

pitts's picture

get rid of him know

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