Four players, two starters and two reserves signed their restricted free agent tender offers on Thursday, the Falcons announced.
Starting right tackle Tyson Clabo, starting right guard Harvey Dahl, backup running back Jason Snelling and backup guard Quinn Ojinnaka signed their tender offers.
“He has enjoyed his time with the Falcons so far and he looks forward to helpiing the team to succeed in the future,” said Scott Smith, Snelling’s agent who is based in Madison, Wis. “He’s really happy there.”
Snelling was tendered at the second round level and will receive a base salary of $1.684 in 2010.
Snelling, a seventh round pick (244th overall) in 2007 from Virginia, rushed for 613 yards on 142 carries last season. He played some fullback and running back as the team was beset with injuries in the backfield.
In the season finale against Tampa Bay, he rushed for 147 yards and helped the Falcons post their first back-to-back winning seasons.
“We were thrilled to see him get those opportunities, especially late in the season,” Smith said. “He had some games where he got quite a few carries. It was real exciting to see him get the opportunity and to see him do different things out of the backfield. We are looking forward to seeing a lot more of that.”
The Falcons also made tender offers to running back Jerious Norwood and punter Michael Koenen.
Clabo and Dahl all have four accrued NFL seasons and received first round tenders. With the first round tender their salary for 2010 will be $2.521 million or 110 percent of their 2009 salary, whichever is greater.
Norwood, who has four accrued years in the league, with the second round tender will receive a salary of $1.759 million or 110 percent of his 2009 salary, whichever is greater.
Ojinnaka also has four accrued NFL seasons, but he received a fifth round tender, the round in which he was drafted. Under his tender, Ojinnaka will received a salary of $1.176 million or 110 percent of his 2009 salary, whichever is greater.
Koenen, who has five accrued NFL seasons, received a second round tender. With that tender, his salary will be $1.809 or 110 percent of his 2009 salary, whichever is greater.