Graham Gano, Kory Lichtensteiger Tendered Contracts By Redskins
(Originally published 3/2/12, 5:50 p.m.; updated 3/2/12, 6:53 p.m.)
The Washington Redskins announced Friday they have tendered contracts to kicker Graham Gano and left guard Kory Lichtensteiger while officially confirming they have designated tight end Fred Davis as their franchise player.
Gano, 24, was an exclusive rights free agent, meaning he is unable to negotiate with other teams and will remain under the Redskins’ control. He will make $540,000 next season and be a restricted free agent when the year concludes. Gano went 31-for-41 on field goals in 2011 – five of which were blocked – and made a 59-yarder just before halftime against San Francisco on Nov. 6 that was the longest in team history.
Lichtensteiger, 26, started the first five games at left guard for the Redskins before tearing ligaments in his right knee against Philadelphia on Oct. 16 and missing the remainder of the season. A restricted free agent, Lichtensteiger, according to reports, was offered a fourth-round tender, meaning any team who signs Lichtensteiger must surrender a fourth-round pick to the Redskins in April’s NFL Draft.