Steve McLendon visited with the Green Bay Packers
By Neal Coolong on Apr 17 2013
A failure to match any offer sheet given to restricted free agent Steve McLendon would not yield compensation for the Steelers.
Baltimore Sun and Scout.com writer Aaron Wilson tweeted Wednesday Steelers restricted free agent nose tackle Steve McLendon visited with the Green Bay Packers.
No offer sheet has reportedly been signed, but the visit itself, combined with the lack of compensation, could make the fourth-year player an attractive option for a team in need of defensive line depth - like the Packers.
If McLendon signs an offer sheet the Steelers do not wish to match, he will leave without compensation since he was not drafted.
This comes as something of a surprise, considering the general lack of playing time McLendon received from the Steelers in 2012. The tender offer itself, $1.3 million, is the same amount given to wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, who signed an offer sheet with the New England Patriots that the Steelers eventually matched.
Running backs Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman also were given original round tender offers. Dwyer signed his quickly after it was given, but Redman has not yet done so.
McLendon was considered to be the likely starter at nose tackle this year.