ESPN reports that the Saints have placed the second-round tender on restricted free agent Chris Ivory.
Center Brian de la Puente and defensive end Junior Galette also have been designated for the $2.023 million tender, according to ESPN.
The tender is likely to prevent other teams from making offers. Other clubs will be able to extend offers, but the Saints would have the first right of refusal and would be entitled to a second-round draft pick if either player signed elsewhere.
De la Puente has emerged as a solid starter and Galette should have a chance to be an edge rusher as the Saints switch to a 3-4 defense.
ESPN reports that the tenders leave the Saints about $6 million over the salary cap. That means more moves have to come before Tuesday, and veterans Will Smith, Jonathan Vilma and Roman Harper are candidates for restructure or release.