It appears the Bears may put a tender on safety Danieal Manning with a cost of his original draft pick.
And although Manning was a second-round pick, the Bears would only receive a third-round pick.
That's because of a rule in the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
The Bears may place a second-round tender on defensive end Mark Anderson, who was a fifth-round pick. The CBA mandates that a club upgrade the round of restricted free agent, meaning the Bears would have to place a first-round tender on Manning.
But by placing the original draft pick tender on Manning, the Bears would save over $500,000. The original tender amount is $1.176 million while the second-round tender is $1.759. A first-round tender jumps up to $2.521 million.
Manning has started 40 games for the Bears since being taken in the second-round of the 2006 NFL Draft. At this point, he's projected to have the inside track to starting at strong safety, with the presumption that the Bears land a more heralded free agent to play free safety.
Ryan Clark and Jermaine Phillips are among the unrestricted free agents projected to be available. But Antrel Rolle and Kerry Rhodes may be released by their respective teams. Indications are, however, that the Cardinals are trying to keep Rolle.