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Saints Re-Sign RFA G Tim Lelito

Saints restricted free agent G Tim Lelito announced via his Twitter account Thursday that he’s signed his one-year tender to be back in New Orleans.

Lelito previously mentioned that he turned down an offer from the Cowboys.

“You have to weigh your options and it’s a gamble,” Lelito explaied, via WWL. “So you can go somewhere else and be a backup for a couple years with less money or you can try to go into a one-year tender and do the best you can and hopefully come out with a little better contract after it.

The Saints used a low-round tender on Lelito that will run them $1,671,000 for the 2016 season. This designation gave them the right of first refusal on any contract offer he received, but wouldn’t have included any compensation had they elected to not match an offer.

Lelito, 26, signed on with the Saints as an undrafted free agent out of Grand Valley State back in 2013. Assuming he signs his tender, Lelito would be in position to test the open market as an unrestricted free agent next year.

In 2015, Lelito was active for 15 games for the Saints and was rated by Pro Football Focus as the No. 28 guard out of 81 qualifying players.

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