The San Francisco 49ers announced Tuesday that they have tendered a contract offer to restricted free agent TE Billy Bajema.
Bajema was originally drafted by the 49ers in the seventh-round of the 2005 draft out of Oklahoma State. During his three seasons with San Francisco, Bajema has played in 42 games with 15 starting assignments, mainly in blocking situations and on special teams.
Restricted free agents are players who have completed three accrued seasons of service and whose contracts have expired. They have received qualifying offers from their old clubs and will be free to negotiate with any club until April 18, at which time their rights will revert to their original club. If a player accepts an offer from a new club, the old club will have the right to match the offer and retain the player. If the old club elects not to match the offer, that club may receive draft-choice compensation depending on the level of the qualifying offer made to the player.