Update: The Eagles have signed Weaver, making it “almost a dead-solid certainty” that the Vikings will match the offer to Tahi.
Original post: The Cincinnati Bengals have signed restricted free agent fullback Naufahu Tahi to a one-year, $1.4 million offer sheet.
Tahi’s current team, the Minnesota Vikings, has a week to match the offer, or Tahi becomes a Bengal.
He was originally brought into the league by the Bengals as an unrestricted free agent, so the Vikings aren’t owed any draft pick compensation if they decline to match.
The Vikings signed Tahi off the Bengals practice squad in 2007.
Knee-jerk reaction: This is a good move by the Bengals, who badly need a real fullback after losing Jeremi Johnson to the buffet table last season and being forced to rely on converted TE Daniel Coats. And as a former Bengal, Tahi is familiar with the offense and would no doubt come up to speed quickly. However, the offer seems light. The Vikings gave him the lowest restricted free agent tender, $1.01 million, so they only need to pony up about $400k more to match. On the other hand, the Vikings are said to be among the teams interested in Seattle fullback Leonard Weaver, and could choose to throw Tahi’s money at him instead.