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Restricted free agents might not show up for offseason work

With more than 200 players who would have been unrestricted free agents in 11 days forced to accept the fact that they’ll be slapped with much less valuable restricted free agent tenders in the uncapped year, Liz Mullen of SportsBusiness Journal reports on the existence of a “growing amount of chatter” regarding the possibility that the un-unrestricted free agents will stay away from minicamps and organized team activities.

“My guys are not going to show,” one agent told Mullen.

Said another agent of the NFL, “If they want this fight, let’s have it right now.”

For many of the restricted free agents, however, the holdouts can’t last beyond June 15.  At that point, the RFA tender can be dropped to 110 percent of the player’s salary from 2009.

For some, however, the difference will be negligible.  As we pointed out last week, Texans tight end Owen Daniels would see his tender drop from $3.168 million to $3.0172 million.  And Chargers running back Darren Sproles, if tendered at any level higher than the lowest-level right of first refusal, would already be at 110 percent of his 2009 salary.

Still, plenty of other players were earning in the six figures last year; after June 15, they’d see a steep drop in their seven-figure tender offers.

With most of the offseason work done by June 15, the deadline doesn’t really mean all that much from the standpoint of minicamps and OTAs.  And with a player’s only true leverage being a withholding of services, the restricted free agents who would have, could have, and/or should have been unrestricted free agents have an easy way to make their displeasure with the situation known.

Of course, they also can make their displeasure known by pushing the union to get a deal done with the NFL on a new labor agreement before March 5.

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10 Responses to “Restricted free agents might not show up for offseason work”
  1. Nick says: Feb 22, 2010 11:39 AM

    Your last sentence sums up what they need to do. Push the union to get the deal done and stop acting like they own the business.

  2. igor79 says: Feb 22, 2010 11:58 AM

    PS. Florio! I am sick of all his football nonsense. Update your hockey blog!

  3. TheHydraPart6 says: Feb 22, 2010 12:02 PM

    Just like Brett Favre

  4. Tim Couch says says: Feb 22, 2010 12:52 PM

    At least they still have jobs. Greedy b!tches.

  5. Marky McFly says: Feb 22, 2010 1:17 PM

    So, let’s be honest here. Is it really, 100 percent, that this deal does not get done. Seems that way to me, they’ve been going through this for well over a year…I don’t see them hammering a deal out in roughly two weeks when there has been no new news of eitehr side comming closer to an agreement. Am I right to assume that it’s not going to happen?

  6. brasho says: Feb 22, 2010 1:18 PM

    Yeah, great advice by their agents, “Don’t show up!”
    And then when they have a crappy season because they are underprepared and out-of-shape because they haven’t been working out under the watchful eyes of the team then their production goes way down (or they get benched) and when they finally do become free agents they get stiffed. Agents are ignorant!

  7. Manbearpig says: Feb 22, 2010 2:00 PM

    With more than 200 players who would have been unrestricted free agents in 11 days forced to accept the fact that they’ll be slapped with much less valuable restricted free agent tenders in the uncapped year,
    Florio, Rosenthal has agreed to quit using the tiresome verb “slapped” for stuff like this. Would you mind following suit?

  8. Drat says: Feb 22, 2010 3:17 PM

    All of this makes sense except one thing. The players are idiots and they have no idea what their status is, they have no clue about what their contracts mean, they have no basis for making a decision. A huge part of this mindlessness is due to their agents, who just take the quarters and offer no real advice. Part of it is that these millionaires cannot take real advice even if it was offered. Another part of it is that the players cannot figure it out on their own. Spoiled boys have no investment in learning anything.
    There will be no action by the RFAs. You read it here, mark it down. No doubt.

  9. FiveFiveNine says: Feb 22, 2010 5:34 PM

    “For some, however, the difference will be negligible. As we pointed out last week, Texans tight end Owen Daniels would see his tender drop from $3.168 million to $3.0172 million. ”
    To Owen Daniels: 5% drop
    To the rest of us: $150,000

  10. floriosadildo says: Feb 22, 2010 7:24 PM

    Tomorrow I’m going into work and demanding a raise and if they don’t give it to me I will tell them I might not show up for work the next day.
    That’ll show ‘em.

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