2010 NFL Free Agency

Posted: January 17, 2010 in Sports
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This coming off-season marks a potential mess in the 2010 Free Agency period. If no collective bargaining agreement is reached in March, this is how free agency would break itself down. Players with 6+ years of NFL experience who’s contract expires will become unrestricted free agents, which means they are free to sign with any team, except for the final 8 teams in the playoffs. Those final 8 teams (Jets, Chargers, Ravens, Colts, Cardinals, Saints, Cowboys, & Vikings) would have to lose a player in free agency in order to replace him. Players with 4 and 5 years of NFL experience, who’s contracts are set to expire, would become restricted free agents instead of becoming unrestricted free agents, like they would if there was an agreement in place. This is a terrible thing for teams and players. Instead of being free to sign with any team, they first would have to receive an offer sheet from a different team than they are already on. The team they are already on, has the automatic right to match any offer another team may put forth. The team they are on will have 1 week to match the offer put forth by the other team. If they don’t match the offer, then that player can be signed by the new team. This will reportedly affect 212 players. Players with 3 years of NFL experience and who’s contract expires, are restricted free agents, one way or another.

So if no collective bargaining agreement is reached, the free agent market will be very slim this off-season. If a collective bargaining agreement is reached then those players with 4 and 5 years of NFL experience, who’s contracts are set to expire, can potentially become unrestricted free agents and would be free to sign with any team, including that final 8 playoff teams. Players with 3 years of NFL experience, who’s contracts are set to expire, would be restricted free agents. I’m praying that a collective bargaining agreement is reached, otherwise it will be a dreary free agency period. Interesting, but not as interesting. In the coming weeks and months, I will be giving you breakdowns by position who will potentially become unrestricted and restricted free agents this off-season.

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