The Saints won’t tender defensive end Tom Johnson, a restricted free agent, USA Today’s Tom Pelissero reported late Thursday.
Late night news nugget: #Saints aren’t tendering DT Tom Johnson as RFA. Intriguing rotational player in league that always needs big bodies.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) February 21, 2014
A restricted free agent can receive offers from other teams, but clubs can match any deals if they tender the player. The Saints haven’t commented on the report.
Johnson, a former Canadian Football League player who joined the Saints in 2011, played in 12 games in 2013. He had two sacks and, according to his team, 15 tackles (six solo), providing depth at defensive end under first-time Pro Bowler Cameron Jordan as well as Akiem Hicks.
Johnson earned a base salary of $750,000 last year.