New Orleans wide receiver Willie Snead is present at the Saints facility for the start of the team's offseason workouts on Monday even though he has not signed the tender he was presented as a restricted free agent this offseason, a source confirmed to The Advocate.
Snead was tendered at the lowest level as a restricted free agent, the right of first refusal, which means that if any team signs the slot receiver to a contract, New Orleans has the right to match.
The fourth-year receiver has visited the Baltimore Ravens, but has not been signed to an offer sheet. Snead has until Friday to accept offers from other NFL teams.
Snead, a revelation for the Saints in 2015 as an undrafted free agent who emerged in training camp, made the team and developed into the squad's second-leading receiver, regressed in his third season in New Orleans a year ago.
After catching 138 passes over his first two seasons in New Orleans, Snead was suspended for three games by the NFL for an offseason drunk driving arrest, hurt his hamstring at the end of camp and wasn't ready to return when his suspension ended.
Once Snead was healthy, his role in the offense had changed, and he caught just eight passes for 92 yards last year, although he did make a big fourth-down catch on the Saints' would-be game-winning drive in Minnesota in the playoffs.
If Snead signs his tender to remain with New Orleans, he will be paid $1.97 million as he tries to recapture his former role in the Saints offense.