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NFL Free Agency 2013: Buccaneers place third-round tender on Daniel Te'o-Nesheim

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Hannah Foslien

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have placed the original round tender on restricted free agent Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, according to ESPN. This tender is worth $1.323 in salary this season, which will be fully guaranteed as soon as Te'o-Nesheim signs the tender. Because he was originally a third-round pick for the Philadelphia Eagles, the Bucs would receive a third-round draft choice if Te'o-Nesheim were to sign with another team and the Bucs chose not to match that contract offer.


This is unlikely to happen, though, as Te'o-Nesheim isn't much more than a backup. He was pressed into duty as a starter when Adrian Clayborn went down with a knee injury three games into the season, and managed just four sacks. He's not a bad player, but he doesn't do anything particularly well, doesn't do much as a pass rusher and doesn't have the size to be a great run defender. His versatility is one positive thing about him, though, as he lined up as a defensive tackle on passing downs with some regularity.

With Adrian Clayborn returning from injury, Da'Quan Bowers as an incumbent starter and the team's interest in John Abraham, Te'o-Nesheim will likely be relegated to playing as a fourth-string defensive end. That's probably the best role for him, as he's not starter material. And yet, with some injuries he could quickly return to the lineup -- or if Da'Quan Bowers is jailed for his gun charge.