Breaking down the restricted free agent tags

We’re going to write about restricted free agent tags over the next three weeks, so we’ve listed the exact tender amounts over on PFT’s feature page. 

One thing to keep in mind is that there are different salaries depending on whether a player has four or five years of experience.  (Since fifth-year players were unrestricted free agents before, this is a new phenomenon.)

Teams can tender players at four different compensation levels.  These levels determine what a team will get in return if the player signs elsewhere.  The four levels include: original pick compensation, a second round tender, a first round tender, and a first and a third round tender.

Quality starters should get the highest tender, which comes in at either $3.168 million or $3.268 million.  Teams must apply the tags by March 4 or the player becomes an unrestricted free agent.

2 responses to “Breaking down the restricted free agent tags

  1. What I want to know is what you and Florio make? Obviously I say this in jest but the point is, why on God’s green earth do we know what every pro athlete makes, period? Seems to me that if it were like any other job, you wouldn’t even be allowed to speak of what you or anyone makes. Don’t you think this is one major factor of these rediculous salaries? If I bust my ass for my employer and make them profitable and I find out the shlub I work with, who does just enough to get by, is making more then me… wouldn’t my pride tell me I need a raise too? Just seems that the owners should be fighting with all their powers to keep salaries quiet through every legal channel they can!

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