The Detroit Lions have three restricted free agents and one exclusive-rights free agent this offseason. Two of those restricted free agents, quarterback Kellen Moore and linebacker Josh Bynes, are not going to be tendered a contract, but the Lions are believed to have interest in re-signing both of them.
The other restricted free agent, defensive end George Johnson, is going to be tendered an offer. Lions general manager Martin Mayhew confirmed this news on Friday at the NFL Combine, although he did not indicate which level Johnson will be tendered at. Via Dave Birkett, here's a breakdown of the options available to the Lions:
Teams can tender restricted free agents at one of three levels: A first-rounder tender ($3.113 million last year; this year's dollar figures are not yet known) guarantees the team a first-round pick as compensation if it does not match another team's offer sheet. A second-round tender ($2.187 million) provides a second-round pick as compensation, while a low tender ($1.323 million) comes with no compensation but the right to match any offer.
In addition to tendering Johnson, the Lions are planning to bring back wide receiver Jeremy Ross, who is their lone exclusive-rights free agent. Ross was also an exclusive-rights free agent last year, and by tendering him again this year, the Lions will make sure that he is back on a minimum contract.