Report: Steelers Give Restricted Tenders To McLendon, Dwyer, Redman & Sanders

According to, the Pittsburgh Steelers issued their restricted tenders on Saturday.

Running back Jonathan Dwyer, running back Isaac Redman, wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders and nose tackle Steve McLendon all received $1.323 million tenders.

Dwyer and Sanders were issued original round tenders. That means the Steelers would receive compensation of a draft pick that corresponds with the round that each was originally drafted should either wind up signing with another team. Dwyer was a sixth round selection, while Sanders was a third round pick. The steelers also have the right to match any offer that either might receive.

McLendon and Redman were both issued right of first refusal tenders being as both originally signed as undrafted free agents. Should either sign an offer sheet with another team then the Steelers would have the right to match it. If they chose not to, they would not receive anything in return as compensation.

Linebacker Stevenson Sylvester and punter Jeremy Kapinos were not issued restricted tenders and both will become free agents on Tuesday as a result.

Sylvester was the only one that I would consider a surprise due to the lack of depth the Steelers have at the inside linebacker position. The Steelers might be gambling that their former fifth round draft pick will not receive interest from other teams and thus could be re-signed at a much lower price.

While not yet reported, it is believed that both the exclusive free agents, running back Baron Batch and cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke, have both received their minimum salary exclusive rights tenders which they must sign.

  • Jollyrob68

    I would of tagged Sylvester because if someone wants him its a draft compensation. They could always rescind the tender later. I wouldnt of tendered redman but maybe they’ll trade with TAmpa for Blount.

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    No surprises here. I would have only tendered 1 of the 2 RBs and tried to get the other back at a lower price, but since none of these represent guaranteed contracts there is little risk with these tenders.

  • steeltown

    Very nice… I was against tendering Sylvestor, he was basically a special teams player that couldnt stay healthy, he isnt worth the $1.3MIL especially considering they will be re-signing Foote and we have Brian Rolle and M.Mcfadden fighting for roster spots

    Basically, the money saved by not tendering Sly can be given to Foote on a one year deal

  • steeltown

    I think if Redman wasnt tendered then Arians would probably scoop him up

    I like Redman, but personally I think Dwyer has more upside and he is 5yrs younger

  • CP 72

    I am kinda wondering if we have a deal in place to bring Foote back. Sign Foote to a one year deal and bring in MInter or some other young LB for one year of special teams and leaning the defense.

  • steeltown

    They’ll be re-signing Foote.. he said he’d play for less money, probably a one year deal worth $1.5MIL or so… and worth every penny

  • nikgreene

    Interesting thought except the tender counts toward the salary cap and they may need to use that space on other deals – ideally a contract for Lewis.

  • Jollyrob68

    Me too, only Dwyer

  • Jollyrob68

    They need to sign Lewis. If they sign him they’ll cut Ike to pay him & extend Allen

  • reg38

    I find it surprising the Steelers decided to low tender McLendon instead of placing a second round tender on him.

    Very risky IMO.