The Falcons have been busy this morning, tendering a pair of familiar faces at second round levels and hopefully keeping their right tackle around for 2016.
Falcons also have extended 2nd round tender to starting right tackle and restricted free agent Ryan Schraeder,... https://t.co/VJUGr0QGm4— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) March 7, 2016
To jog your memory, here's the tender levels and their associated dollars from The DW:
Original round tender: $1,671,000
Second round tender: $2,553,000
First round tender: $3,635,000
Between Schraeder and Paul Worrilow, the Falcons are now on the hook for just over $5 million in 2016 salary. Worrilow figures to be a top backup at the very least and perhaps compete for a starting job again, making the tender a little bit expensive but likely justifiable in the Falcons' eyes, while Schraeder is locked in as the team's starting right tackle and should be worthy every penny.
Schraeder made 16 starts in 2015 after a good if uneven 2014 campaign, and easily graded out as one of Atlanta's best linemen. He's a quality bookend for left tackle Jake Matthews and is just 27, meaning he could be here for many years if Atlanta's willing to extend him a long-term offer down the line. They'll likely let him play out his tender this year to see if he can repeat his 2015 success before committing to that course of action, however.
There's a small but real chance that a team will try to poach Schraeder in exchange for a second round pick, given how well he played in 2015, but we'll hope he's back locking down the right side of the offensive line for Atlanta. Stay tuned.