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Packers give restricted free agent WR Geronimo Allison low tender for 2019

The Packers are protecting their negotiating rights to the receiver who led the team in yardage through four games last season.

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The Green Bay Packers only got five games out of wide receiver Geronimo Allison in 2018. However, he was arguably the team’s best wideout through the first four weeks of the season, leading the team in receiving yards and yards per reception. Unfortunately, a groin injury cost him most of his season, forcing the team’s rookie receivers into more prominent roles than the team had initially hoped.

Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst is banking on a full recovery from Allison, as evidenced by the team’s decision with the three-year veteran’s contract situation. Allison, a restricted free agent, received a right of first refusal tender from the Packers, according to the NFL’s transaction wire on Wednesday. That tender would pay him $2.025M for the 2019 season and maintain the right to match any offer sheet that he may sign with another NFL team.

However, by giving him the low tender, the Packers would not get any draft pick compensation if Allison signs an offer sheet elsewhere and the team chooses not to match. It would have only cost another million dollars for the team to protect themselves against such a situation by giving Allison a second-round tender instead.

In his five games last season, Allison caught 20 passes for 303 yards and two touchdowns. One of those scores went for 64 yards as Allison burned Washington’s former All-Pro cornerback Josh Norman on a slant-and-go route. For his career, Allison has caught 55 passes for 758 yards and four scores.

The Packers had one other restricted free agent this offseason, safety Kentrell Brice. However, the team reportedly decided not to tender him, making him an unrestricted free agent as of 4:00 PM Eastern Wednesday.