The 49ers announced Tuesday they have given tender offers to linebacker Michael Wilhoite and guard Jordan Devey, and they signed linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong to a one-year deal.
Wilhoite, a restricted free agent, was given the lowest-level tender, one that would pay him $1.671 million in 2016, his agent said. That allows the 49ers to match any offer Wilhoite, 29, receives in free agency. They would receive no draft compensation if he is allowed to sign elsewhere.
Devey, who started nine games at right guard last season, is an exclusive-rights free agent. That means he can’t negotiate with any other teams. If Devey, 28, makes the squad, he would earn the league minimum, $600,000.
The 49ers have not tendered another restricted free agent, defensive lineman Tony Jerod-Eddie. It is believed they offered him a longer-term deal instead. Jerod-Eddie will test the market and assess his worth before signing. The 49ers have little depth along the defensive line heading into the offseason and likely want Jerod-Eddie and Ian Williams, an unrestricted free agent, back on the roster.
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The 49ers claimed Armstrong, who was waived by the Raiders, in late November. He also was scheduled to be a restricted free agent. They are looking at Armstrong, 25, as an inside linebacker who would compete with Wilhoite, Gerald Hodges, Shayne Skov and Nick Bellore for the starting spot next to NaVorro Bowman.