The Buffalo Bills have made safety George Wilson a tender offer, which essentially keeps him in the fold for 2010. NFL teams must make offers to their restricted free agents by today. Restricted free agents still can get offers from other teams. But the tender offer gives a team right of first refusal, and also can give the team a draft-pick compensation if it opts not to match the offer.
Wilson is a four-year veteran who came into the league as an undrafted free agent. Offers are made a five different levels. The Bills offered Wilson at the level that would give them a second-round draft pick if he were signed by another team. Wilson will be guaranteed a $1.7 million salary this coming season. Last year he made $1 million. Wilson started 12 games at strong safety last season. The Bills also made a tender offer to linebacker Keith Ellison, originally a sixth-round pick, and cornerback Ashton Youboty and tight end Derek Schouman.