Saints wide receiver Willie Snead has not yet signed his contract tender for 2017, but that isn’t stopping him from participating in offseason workouts with his teammates, Josh Katzenstein of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Snead is an exclusive rights free agent, and although the Saints offered him the minimum salary tender of $615,000 before the March 9 deadline, the two sides are still in the process of negotiating a more lucrative deal.
But, Snead’s lack of a contract is not leading to any sort of holdout as he plans to attend the Saints’ offseason workout program, according to a league source. The team’s offseason workouts begin Monday.
Appendix Q of the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement specifies that players under a tender shall be deemed team employees during offseason programs as long as there is an agreement between the player and the club.
The 24-year-old Snead has been a productive target for quarterback Drew Brees the past two seasons, playing 30 games for the Saints with 141 catches for 1,879 yards and seven touchdowns. Snead also threw a 50-yard touchdown pass on a trick play in 2016.