Ball In; Leonhard Out

Doug Pensinger

One in and one out, Broncos running back Lance Ball has signed his restricted free agent tender and former Denver safety Jim Leonhard joins New Orleans.

With the Denver Broncos opening offseason activities on April 15th, restricted free agent Lance Ball has signed his $1.323 million tender on Monday. That same amount of $1.323 million just so happens to be the exact base salary that Denver's wide receiver Eric Decker and center J.D. Walton will play under this season.

Punter Britton Colquitt and tackle Chris Clark are the other two restricted free agents the Broncos are currently awaiting word from. Colquitt and Clark were tendered for the same amount, the salary is only guaranteed if the player makes the opening day roster.

Speaking of tenders, tackle Ryan Clady has not signed his franchise tender of $9.828 million, by signing the tender Clady would become the third highest paid player on Denver's roster (behind Peyton Manning and Champ Bailey).

Clady is one of just three franchise tagged players in the NFL who have yet to sign their franchise tenders. Eight players received the franchise tag this offseason.

It was not all good news in Dove Valley today, the New Orleans Saints have announced the signing of safety Jim Leonhard.

Denver signed Leonhard last season during training camp, Leonhard played safety predominantly in dime formations. He also seemed to be John Fox's go to punt returner when the ball was expected inside the 20 yard line.

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