On Wednesday it was learned that the Bengals tendered restricted free agents cornerback Johnathan Joseph, linebacker Brandon Johnson and offensive guard Nate Livings. Let's add a fourth. According to Joe Reedy, the Bengals third down running back and 100-meter hurdler Brian Leonard also received a "tender at his original pick" -- the second round. That means if another team signs Leonard to an offer sheet and the Bengals refuse to match the offer, Cincinnati receives a second round draft pick for compensation.
But we can't stress this enough. Once there's a new collective bargaining agreement, tenders will likely be wiped out because most of the players with four and five years of experience will automatically become unrestricted free agents; the same rule before the uncapped year in 2010.
Leonard is a four-year veteran, spending the past two seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. In 2010, Leonard rushed the football nine times for 61 yards rushing (42 yards on one play) and caught 20 passes for 137 yards receiving. He scored his first career touchdown last season during the Bengals 23-20 loss to the Cleveland Browns on October 3.
Durability is an issue for Leonard, having only played a full 16-game season once -- his rookie season with the St. Louis Rams. In 2010, Leonard missed five games with a foot sprain (first two games of the season), a thigh injury (the sixth game) and the final two games with an ankle injury.