The time frame for NFL restricted free agents to sign offer sheets with other teams has come and gone for some time. Before the start of the 2021 league year, the Green Bay Packers tendered tight end Robert Tonyan and Chandon Sullivan under restricted free agent tenders, with Tonyan receiving a second-round tender.
Reports emerged about Sullivan signing his right of first refusal tender in late April, but no news about Tonyan had been reported until Thursday. But now ESPN’s Rob Demovsky reports that Tonyan has indeed signed his tender as well.
By signing the second-round tender, Tonyan is now officially working on a one-year contract for $3,384,000 in base salary. The contract has no guaranteed money or bonuses.
Tonyan will earn a massive raise in 2021 over his 2020 contract, which paid him $750,000, or the league minimum for a third-year professional. On that deal, he caught 52 passes for 586 yards and 11 touchdowns, setting a team record for touchdowns in a season by a tight end. His receptions and touchdowns ranked second on the team behind only Davante Adams, while his yardage was third behind Adams and Marquez Valdes-Scantling. Tonyan also led all tight ends in the NFL in DVOA, which measures his value per pass target, and he finished second to Travis Kelce in DYAR, which measures overall total value.
The deadline for a team to sign a tendered RFA from another team to an offer sheet this offseason was April 23rd. Neither Tonyan nor Sullivan reportedly signed any offer sheets.