Or at least it means that under the current collective bargaining agreement, which expires at midnight easter time Thursday. So what does that mean for Mebane and the Seahawks? Well that's a little unclear. Under a new CBA, Mebane could still be a restricted free agent--he just completed his fourth season--or it is entirely possible a new CBA would make players with four years experience unrestricted free agents, meaning the tender is meaningless.
At the very least, this is another sign that the Seahawks want to keep Mebane around, which is in line with what GM John Schneider told reporters at the scouting combine last week. And this doesn't close the door to a long-term deal getting done either this week or whenever a new CBA is reached.
"I do really believe that Brandon wants to remain a Seahawk and I believe that the Seahawks want to retain Brandon," said Mebane's agent, Chuck Price. "I don't think when we get back from a lockout or when there's a new CBA, that will do a lot to change where both sides are at."
Asked if the hope is to get a deal done this week, before a potential lockout, Price said, "That's clearly the intention of both sides."
Most recent Seattle Sidelines posts
- Report: Seahawks will face back-up QB in home opener Sep. 21
- Seahawks vs. Packers snap counts Sep. 21
- Notes from Pete Carroll's radio show Sep. 21
- Packers 27, Seahawks 17 Sep. 20
- Seahawks vs. Packers lineup notes Sep. 20
Our new comment system is not supported in IE 7. Please upgrade your browser here.