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Seahawks extend Jeanpierre, Johnson, tender Baldwin - May 7, 2014

Seahawks extend Jeanpierre, Johnson, tender Baldwin - May 7, 2014

Jeron Johnson #32 of the Seattle Seahawks takes the field before a game against the Dallas Cowboys at CenturyLink Field on September 16, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. Seattle won the game 27-7. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

by Curtis Crabtree
KJR reporter
Twitter: @Curtis_Crabtree

The Seattle Seahawks have made necessary decisions on all three of their restricted free agents ahead of the start of free agency on Tuesday.

The team announced Friday they have signed C Lemuel Jeanpierre and S Jeron Johnson to one-year contract extensions.

According to a source, Jeanpierre's deal is for more than the minimum salary of $645,000 and includes guaranteed money. However, exact numbers of the deal were not provided.

The Seahawks had placed a second-round tender on Johnson worth $2.187 million. A source confirmed that Johnson's extension came from the signing of his tender. It was first reported by Tom Pelissero of USA Today.

In addition, the team has reportedly placed a second-round tender on WR Doug Baldwin, via NFL reporter Brian McIntyre.

If signed, Baldwin will be scheduled to make $2.187 million next season. Baldwin, Jeanpierre and Johnson all played for a league-minimum $555,000 last season.

The second-round tender given to Baldwin allows Seattle a right of first refusal if another team were to sign Baldwin to an offer sheet. In addition, if Seattle elected not to match that offer, they would get a second-round pick in compensation from that team.

The trio were the only three restricted free agents on Seattle's roster.

The Seahawks had until the end of the 2013 league year at 1 p.m. PT on Tuesday to tender or sign their restricted free agents. If they were not tendered and without a contract by the deadline, they would become unrestricted free agents and eligible to sign anywhere.

Last year, Seattle gave original round tenders to restricted free agents LS Clint Gresham, S Chris Maragos and DT Clinton McDonald. The tenders were worth $1.323 million. However, none of the three players played under that contract for the season.

Gresham signed a two-year extension that lowered his salary cap hit. Maragos took a lesser contract in exchange for guaranteed money. Seattle elected to release McDonald at the end of training camp before bringing him back after the first week at a reduced rate.

It's seems unlikely that the Seahawks would pay a backup safety over $2 million next season. They value Johnson and believe he has the talent to be a starter in the league. However, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Seattle once again try to redo a restricted tender later this fall.

 

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