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Packers place 2nd-round tender on TE Robert Tonyan

The move makes it likely, but not certain, that Tonyan will be back with the Packers next season.
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Posted at 2:36 PM, Mar 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-16 15:36:58-04

GREEN BAY, Wis. (NBC 26) — The Packers have placed a second-round tender on restricted free agent Robert Tonyan, making it likely - though not a certainty - he will return to Green Bay next season.

The move costs the Packers around $3.4 million against the salary cap next season. If another team offers Tonyan a contract, the Packers would have the right to match the offer and keep him in Green Bay at that price. If they decide not to match it, they would then receive a second-round pick.

This has been reported by both the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and ESPN.

The Journal-Sentinel reported this move could lead to a long term deal.

The 26-year-old Tonyan had a breakout season in 2020, catching 52 passes for 596 yards and 11 touchdowns - tying a Packers franchise record for most touchdowns by a tight end in a single season.

The Packers also tendered CB Chandon Sullivan. Sullivan himself confirmed the news on Twitter. The move keeps Tonyan in Green Bay at $2.1 million against the salary cap. Like with Tonyan, the Packers have the right to match an offer from any other team. However, they would not receive any draft pick compensation if they decide not to match.

Sullivan was the Packers primary slot cornerback last season. He had an interception return for a touchdown in Green Bay's week two win over the Lions.