The Washington Redskins protected their investment in reserve swing tackle Ty Nsekhe by placing a second round tender on him, forcing any team that signs the restricted free agent to compensate the Skins with a second round pick.
The second round tender ensures the Skins won’t lose Nsekhe for nothing, but it also guarantees he will earn at least $2.914 million in 2018, the price of a second round tender. The Skins and Nsekhe could negotiate a long-term deal while he is under the second round tender.
The tender also means the Skins can match any offer Nsekhe, 32, receives from another team.
Nsekhe has started 11 games and played in 40 the last three seasons with Washington, but he started five of the last six games in 2017, becoming an increasingly important part of an offense dealing with multiple injuries along the line. Both starting tackles, Trent Williams and Morgan Moses, are signed to long-term deals, but have dealt with injuries and surgeries in recent years.
Nsekhe most recently played for less than $700,000 so a raise to almost $3 million a year is a significant bonus for him, even if the tender offer scares other teams away.