Because he was a franchise player last year when the Titans kept him from reaching unrestricted free agency, Bo Scaife's tender offer as a restricted free agent now has to be 110 percent of his old salary.
That means his tender is for a one-year deal worth nearly $4.9 million.
The question, first raised by Brian Carrico on my Facebook page is: Why would the Titans only put a first-round tender on Scaife with that money when they could have put a first- and third-round designation on him at the same price.
With the tender he got, if he signs an offer sheet with another team, the Titans would have the right to match it, or get a first-rounder in exchange for allowing him to go. For the same price, they could have made it a first- and third-round pick.
So why didn’t they?
I come up with three answers:
A first-round pick on a guy who will be looking for more that $5 million probably seemed like a sufficient deterrent.
If you put a first and a third on him, his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, could use that valuation in any negotiations on a long-term deal.
While I doubt Scaife will be pursued by another team, putting only a first-rounder on him might send a signal that if you’re willing to part with a second-rounder for him in a trade, the Titans would answer the phone to discuss it.