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Steelers Tender Contract To Free Agent Punter Jeremy Kapinos

The Pittsburgh Steelers have started tendering a few of their free agents as punter Jeremy Kapinos reports via his Twitter feed that he has received his one-year tender. He stated in the tweet that he is excited and preparing to be a Steeler for another year.

Kapinos signed back with the Steelers in early November after punter Daniel Sepulveda suffered a meniscus tear in his right knee. Kapinos also had replaced the injured Sepulveda in 2010 because of another knee injury suffered by Sepulveda. Kapinos was back with the Steelers in training camp this past season and was released during the final cut down to the 53 man roster as the Steelers decided to keep Sepulveda instead.

There is still some confusion as to whether or not Kapinos is an exclusive rights free agent or a restricted free agent. In 2011 he earned a base salary of $600,000, which is the base for 3rd year players so I think that Kapionos might actually be a restricted free agent. Should that indeed be the case, his one-year tender offer would be around $1.26 million for 2012.

ETA: It has been confirmed that Kapinos is indeed an exclusive rights free agent like I originally thought and his one-year tender should be $700,000.

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