Tag:restricted free agents
Posted on: June 15, 2010 8:45 am
 

Collusion in the NFL?

Yesterday we mentioned that whispers about collusion against restricted free agents could be rising to the surface. Pro Football Talk originally raised the issue after noticing that a number of different teams wrote letters to unsigned restricted free agents warning them about the June 15 deadline (RFAs who didn’t sign their tender by midnight last night ran the risk of having their offer reduced).

The letters teams sent out were suspiciously similar in tone and timing, leaving one to wonder if teams might all be operating under a set of unofficial guidelines. Speculation is that teams could also be under pressure not to aggressively pursue RFA’s, due to the ongoing labor negotiations.

The NFLPA is said to be seriously looking into this matter. Collusion would likely be hard to prove, but you have to figure some form of it is going on, and not just in regards to RFA’s. Look at Kevin Mawae, for example. Though still one of the best centers in the league, the veteran unrestricted free agent’s phone has not rang this offseason. Mawae has even said he’d be willing to accept a backup role. Still, no calls. Could it have something to do with Mawae being the president of the NFLPA?

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: June 14, 2010 9:57 pm
Edited on: June 14, 2010 11:17 pm
 

14 RFA's Still Haven't Signed

According to NFLLabor.com, with Pierre Thomas signing his tender, 14 restricted free agents remain unsigned. The deadline to sign is midnight. Most – but not all – of these players run the risk of losing a substantial amount of money if they don’t sign, as their teams could reduce their ’10 salary from the RFA tender amount to 110% of their ’09 salary.
For the players who wouldn’t see a major financial difference in this instance (such as Bigby and Rogers), there’s still the very real risk of being dropped in the depth chart.

Here are the 14 players:

S Atari Bigby, GB
DE Johnny Jolly, GB
CB Tramon Williams, GB
S Jarrad Page, KC
RB Ronnie Brown, MIA
G Logan Mankins, NE
OT Jammal Brown, NO
SS Roman Harper, NO
WR Lance Moore, NO
WR Vincent Jackson, SD
OT Marcus McNeil, SD
OLB Shawne Merriman, SD
OT Donald Penn, TB
CB Carlos Rogers, WAS

---Andy Benoit

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Posted on: June 14, 2010 5:22 pm
Edited on: June 14, 2010 5:28 pm
 

Linebackers Giving In, Signing Tenders

As expected, more restricted free agents have chosen to sign for what they believe is “less than fair market value” today. Broncos outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil, Redskins inside linebacker Rocky McIntosh, Titans middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch and Browns inside linebacker D’Qwell Jackson all signed tenders. It was an obvious choice, given that their other option was to hold out and risk signing for “far, far less than fair market value” later. At midnight, teams can reduce their original tenders to restricted free agents, leaving players with two options: sign for just 110 percent of their ’09 base salary or sit out the season and get nothing.

There has been speculation that Dumervil, the AFC’s sack leader in ’09 and Denver’s only bona fide pass-rusher, could be in line for a long-term deal. However, the Broncos have been quiet on that front.

McIntosh, while presumably pining for a long-term contract, could break an even bigger bank in 2011. The fifth-year pro is coming off a career season. Given his continuously improving run-stopping abilities, McIntosh should be even more productive (read: more valuable) in Washington’s new 3-4 scheme. Plus, London Fletcher is 35. Fletcher has yet to show any hint of decline, but if he hits a wall in ’10, McIntosh’s value to the Redskins becomes even greater.

Tulloch’s presence is critical for Tennessee given the absence of injured veterans Keith Bulluck (currently a free agent) and David Thornton (likely to be released). Jackson, one of the league’s most productive tacklers (statistically speaking), is looking to bounce back after an injury-riddled ’09 campaign.

---Andy Benoit

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