NFL: Lions tender offers to 7 restricted free agents
ALLEN PARK, Mich. ó The Detroit Lions have made tender offers to seven of their nine restricted free agents shortly before the NFLís free agency period begins.
The Lions offered deals Thursday to defensive end Jason Hunter, defensive backs Daniel Bullocks, Kevin Hobbs and Ko Simpson, and offensive linemen Dylan Gandy, Daniel Loper and Manny Ramirez.
Hunterís $1.76 million tender was the highest, allowing Detroit to match another teamís offer or else receive a second-round draft choice. Bullocks, Gandy, Ramirez and Simpson received the second-lowest tender, giving the Lions first-rights refusal and a draft pick in the round in which they were drafted.
Detroit would receive no compensation for Hobbs and Loper if they sign elsewhere.
The Lions did not tender defensive end Copeland Bryan or linebacker Cody Spencer.