The Green Bay Packers addressed the future of two pending free agents prior to the start of the new league year Wednesday afternoon in tendering a contract to tight end Justin Perillo but not outside linebacker Andy Mulumba.
Mulumba, a restricted free agent, is now free to sign with any NFL team. The lowest restricted tender the Packers could have issued the three-year veteran was worth $1.671 million, which is three times what Mulumba made when he had four tackles in six games last season.
As of Tuesday evening, the Packers have given no indication whether they intend to re-sign Mulumba at a lower price. The minimum for a player with three accrued seasons is $760,000 in 2016.
Meanwhile, Green Bay tendered an exclusive-rights contract to Perillo, who will make $675,000 if he makes the team next season. The NFL released its list of 496 free agents Wednesday afternoon and the third-year tight end wasn't among the 59 players with fewer than four accrued seasons who became free agents after not being tendered a contract.
The former undrafted free agent has started each of his NFL seasons on the Packers’ practice squad before getting a midseason call-up to the active roster.
Perillo had 11 catches for 102 yards and one touchdown in nine games last season. He joins Richard Rodgers, Kennard Backman and Mitchell Henry as the four tight ends on the offseason roster.
The two-year, $4.15 million contract that backup guard Lane Taylor signed Tuesday includes a $1.1 million base salary for 2016 in addition to his $600,000 signing bonus and $50,000 workout bonus, according to an NFL source with access to the NFLPA salary database.
Taylor, who’ll count $1.45 million against the 2016 salary cap, can earn an additional $600,000 depending on his playing time, wins and playoff participation.
Taylor will count $2.7 million against the 2017 salary cap with a $1.85 million base salary, a $50,000 workout bonus and up to $500,000 in per-game roster bonuses. He also can earn an additional $600,000 depending on playing time.
Cash value: $1.75 million
Salary-cap charge: $1.45 million
Base salary: $1.1 million
Signing bonus: $600,000
Workout bonus: $50,000
Additional: Up to $600,000 based on playing time, wins and playoffs (not likely to be earned)
Cash value: $2.4 million
Salary-cap charge: $2.7 million
Base salary: $1.85 million
Roster bonus: Up to $500,000 ($31,250 per game active)
Workout bonus: $50,000
Additional: Up to $600,000 based on playing time and playoffs (not likely to be earned)