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Packers issue RFA tender to CB Chandon Sullivan

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The Green Bay Packers need some answers in the cornerback room for 2021, with the only proven commodity under contract being Jaire Alexander. However, on Tuesday the team took one step towards some stability at the position by starting the process of retaining slot corner Chandon Sullivan.

Per his agent via Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Packers have placed a tender on Sullivan, who is a restricted free agent. The level of the tender was not part of the initial announcement, but it is reportedly the “low” right of first refusal tender, which will allow the Packers to match any contract offer Sullivan might receive on the open market.

This tender is equivalent to a one-year contract at $2.133 million.

Sullivan first joined the Packers during the 2019 offseason, coming over on waivers from the Philadelphia Eagles, for whom he played as a rookie in 2018. By midseason, Sullivan had earned a spot in the cornerback rotation, and he was the team’s primary slot cornerback throughout the 2020 season. Although his advanced coverage statistics slipped a bit in his second year with the Packers, Sullivan remained a trusted member of the secondary and was on the field for over 70 percent of the team’s defensive snaps.

Green Bay seemingly has one more decision to make regarding a restricted free agents, with defensive lineman Tyler Lancaster’s contract expiring. The team tendered Robert Tonyan at a second-round level earlier on Tuesday and reports indicate that they will not tender quarterback Tim Boyle or safety Raven Greene.