GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 1: Ashlee Palmer #58 of the Detroit Lions signals a safety during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on January 1, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
On Friday, Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said that the team was still talking over what tendered offers, if any, will be given out to their restricted free agents. Today, it came out that at least one decision has now been made: linebacker Ashlee Palmer won't receive a tendered offer.
Multiple sites have reported this news, indicating that Palmer's agent was informed of the decision this morning. What this means is that when free agency opens next month, Palmer will be considered an unrestricted free agent. He will be free to sign with any team and the Lions won't have the ability to match any offers that come his way.
This does not mean that Palmer will for sure not be coming back to Detroit. By not tendering him an offer, the Lions don't have to pay a determined salary that is based on a certain compensation level. While the risk is there of him going somewhere else, the Lions can now sign him for a lesser amount than what the tendered offers would have given him. (Think of Kevin Smith's situation last year.)