The Seattle Seahawks have placed the original round tender on defensive tackle Brandon Mebane, Danny O'Neil of The Seattle Times reports.
Mebane was a third-round pick out of the University of California by the Seahawks in 2007, and was signed to a four-year contract that had a maximum value of $2.897 million, which Mebane achieved.
Under the expiring collective bargaining agreement, an original round tender for a player with four accrued seasons, which Mebane has, carries a $1.275 million non-guaranteed base salary in 2011.
If the restricted free agent tenders withstand an expected challenge from the NFLPA, and another team signs Mebane to an offer sheet that the Seahawks decline to match, they'll receive a third-round draft choice as compensation for Mebane.
A near-instant starter at both nose tackle and the "3" technique for the Seahawks, Mebane has totaled 148 tackles and 10 quarterback sacks in 58 games (53 starts) over the last four seasons. Slowed by a calf injury, the 6-1, 311-pound Mebane had just 31 tackles and a quarterback sack in 12 games last season, his least productive as a pro.