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Published: Tuesday, March 1, 2011, 12:57 p.m.

Seahawks place original-round tender on DT Brandon Mebane

The Seahawks have placed an original-round tender on restricted free agent Brandon Mebane, his agent confirmed. The tender is worth $1.275 million. That means that if another team offers the defensive tackle a contract, the Seahawks can match the offer sheet, or let him go and receive a third-round pick (his "original round" when he was drafted) as compensation.

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."

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