Report: Junior Hemingway Offered 1-Year Tender By The Kansas City Chiefs
By Brett Gering
The Kansas City Star‘s Terez Paylor reports that the Kansas City Chiefs have offered Junior Hemingway a one-year exclusive-rights tender.
Before gazing into the crystal ball, let’s recap what that means.
The Chiefs had until 3 p.m. CST on March 10 to make the offer. If they hadn’t done so, Hemingway would’ve been deemed an unrestricted free agent.
An exclusive-rights free agent (ERFA) is a player who has two or less accrued seasons in the league. For all intents and purposes, an accrued season amounts to being on the active roster for six weeks.
Though Hemingway was drafted in 2012, he spent the majority of his rookie year on the practice squad and only played in one game, thereby not adding an accrued season to his resume.
There’s little doubt that, unlike Justin Houston, the wideout will sign the tender immediately. ERFAs can’t negotiate with any teams outside of their own, and the offer is for the league minimum and non-guaranteed.
Hemingway recorded eight 12 receptions for 108 yards last year and was nagged by injuries (hamstring, concussion, etc.). The pass-catcher is also a special teams (ST) contributor, though he was one of the few Chiefs to earn a negative ST grade from Pro Football Focus.
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