In the NFL, restricted free agents can negotiate with teams other than their own despite being restricted. If they sign an offer sheet with another team, their original team has the ability to match it or decline to match it and receive compensation.
For the Detroit Lions, three restricted free agents were tendered a contract offer on Monday: offensive tackle Corey Hilliard, defensive tackle Sammie Hill and linebacker DeAndre Levy. Dave Birkett reports that Levy is planning on signing his tender, and he is excited to be back with the Lions.
"I’m happy to be back," he told the Free Press. "I think last year was an important year for us and, hopefully, we have enough guys back that we can continue building on that and finish what we started, however long it takes."
Birkett also reports that Hill is going to "see what the market holds," which makes sense. There's a very good possibility that he could land a deal worth more than the $1.26 million his tender would give him, especially since teams would only have to give up a fourth-round pick for him. Of course, the Lions would have to decline to match an offer for Hill not to return, but with how limited cap space is, it might be tough to bring him back if another team gives him a nice offer.