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Offensive tackle Stephon Heyer and defensive tackle Anthony Montgomery yesterday signed their restricted free agent tender offers from the Washington Redskins.
Both players were expected to return to the club even though Washington tendered them at low levels last month. In fact, the Redskins would not have received any compensation for Heyer's or Montgomery's departure if the team had tendered them any lower.
Heyer started all 16 games last season--13 at right tackle and three on the left side--despite a nagging knee injury. He struggled mightily in pass protection after right guard Randy Thomas was lost for the season in Week 2, and he was a critical weakness in the offense.
Heyer, 26, could retain his starting role, however. Even if the Redskins draft a left tackle with their fourth-overall pick, he might rank at the top of the right tackle depth chart if that position isn't upgraded.
He was tendered at the second-round level--the Redskins could not tender him at his original draft round because he was not drafted out of the University of Maryland in 2007--which equates to a one-year deal worth $1.68 million.
Montgomery, 26, was tendered at his original draft round level (fifth round) and thus signed a one-year, $1.18 million contract. Neither Montgomery's nor Heyer's deal is guaranteed.
Montgomery fell out of favor with the organization last season and was shopped in trade offers. But at 6-6, 330 pounds, he could provide some stability at nose tackle in the Redskins' new 3-4 front.
Montgomery was one of hundreds of NFL players that would have been an unrestricted free agent this offseason had the owners not voted to opt out of the collective bargaining agreement.
The Redskins' remaining unsigned restricted free agents are cornerback Carlos Rogers, linebacker Rocky McIntosh, safety Reed Doughty, and defensive tackle Kedric Golston. They have until today to sign an offer sheet from another team.
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