What is meant by "tender offer"? Obviously, he couldn't be paid.
Means he didn't need to sweat out the draft for one thing. Additionally, if a player thinks he's a good fit with a team, signing an official offer gives the player more control on where he plays (vs the draft) and allows the team to use a draft pick on another player. There's some debate over whether a tendered player has a better chance of making a roster than a drafted player -- obviously, playing well in camp betters one's chance in either case.
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