Playing for $omething extra

The two reasons why men play football professionally are to win a ring and to get rich, and not necessarily in that order.

At the very minimum, a player who plays a full season makes half a million dollars. But that's just the beginning -- the more valuable a team feels someone is, the more someone will get paid when he signs a contract.

Thus, when a player knows that a chance to cash in is just a year away, he will do whatever he can to look good -- and that's exactly what Fantasy owners should want. So we're listing the relevant Fantasy players who, following the 2011 season, will be free agents and in a position to land some guaranteed bucks.

This summer, any player with four or more accrued seasons is a free agent, not like last year when a player needed six seasons to be set free. Any free agent with three years or fewer under his belt is either restricted or an exclusive rights player.

Some additional free-agent notes:

UFA: Unrestricted Free Agent -- A player who can sign anywhere.*
RFA: Restricted Free Agent -- A player who can sign anywhere but original team can match offer or receive compensation from new team. (Compensation will be added upon announcement of team designations.)
EXFA: Exclusive Rights Free Agent -- A player who can only negotiate with current team.
FRAN: Franchised Player -- A player who is guaranteed a one-year deal from his original team relative to highest-paid players at his position. The new team must give two first-round picks as compensation to original team if signed away.
*- released players also have this designation

Here's our list of players entering free agency this offseason, and here's our list of overpaid players headed into the 2011 season.

Got a free agency question, or a Fantasy question? Stop thinking and start typing -- send it to dmfantasyfootball@cbs.com. Be sure to put Attn: 2011 Player Movement in the subject field. Please include your full name, hometown and state and we'll respond to as many as e-mails we can.

Senior Fantasy Writer

Dave Richard has spent nearly his entire career covering the National Football League. Beginning with NFL.com at the boom of the Internet, Richard was that site's first Fantasy Football writer before transitioning... Full Bio

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