Restricted free agency has been quiet thus far


As free agency reaches Day 13, the drama has largely been zapped out of the market.

Yes, there are a few sparks of intrigue surrounding where 49ers free agent wideout Michael Crabtree lands, but overall, there isn’t much excitement. Free agency now has the feel of one of those Chapter 7 “Everything Must Go!” sales. There are a few interesting names out there, but everyone knows what’s left on the racks.

However, there is one untapped outlet left to spark some offseason excitement:

Restricted free agency.

As of Sunday, 20 restricted free agents remained available to sign without compensation due to the players’ current clubs. The players’ teams would have the right to match any offer.

However, it’s reasonable to wonder if any team is willing to step up to the plate. Many teams have allocated considerable resources to unrestricted free agency. Who has the salary cap space and patience to put together an offer sheet for a restricted free agent?

Below are the 20 RFAs who don’t have draft choice compensation attached to them. A handful are particularly intriguing, with Broncos cornerback Tony Carter, Raiders wide receiver Andre Holmes, Lions defensive end George Johnson and Rams quarterback Austin Davis four names of note.

Let us know in the comments if any of the RFAs listed merit an offer sheet — and feel free to give us a ballpark estimation of what it might take to get a deal done:

Restricted free agents who would not cost draft-pick compensation to sign:

Broncos CB Tony Carter

Browns S Johnson Bademosi

Browns NT Ishmaa’ily Kitchen

Buccaneers RB Bobby Rainey

Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar

Cowboys P Chris Jones

Eagles RB Chris Polk

Lions DE George Johnson

Packers OT Don Barclay

Packers S Sean Richardson

Raiders WR Andre Holmes

Raiders P Marquette King

Raiders S Brandian Ross

Rams QB Austin Davis

Rams TE Cory Harkey

Ravens S Will Hill

Steelers CB Antwon Blake

Steelers S Robert Golden

Steelers FB Will Johnson

Washington PK Kai Forbath

24 responses to “Restricted free agency has been quiet thus far

  1. RB Chris Polk in Philly may be expendable and is due 1.5M this season. An offer by another NFC East team up to twice that amount would either get them a young (3YR) RB or make Philly have to spend more money on the RB position, which already is doing more than most think they should.

  2. Chris Polk is worth a 3 yr 5 million dollar contract, with a $ 750,000 signing bonus. He was the number one ranked RB in his draft class but fell because of injury. I’ve watched him for 3 yrs. He could start now for several teams like Dallas, Atlanta St.Louis, Detroit, even the Pats and give them a better option. Philly should have signed Murray and plugged Polk behind him with Sproles. Ryan Matthews is done imo.

  3. Andre Holmes is actually a very good receiver, you’ll see him blossom significantly! I’d sign him as a Miami fan.

  4. Bademosi is a special teams demon…..but I’m not sure if anyone wants to sign him as anything else….for any real money…..

    Even the Browns don’t……

  5. Andre is such an aggravating player. He’ll go an make a freakish 1 handed catch at the very top of his jump and come down in barely get both pinky toes in then drop an easy slant pass the next snap.

    Oakland would be silly not to bring him back but he drives me nuts sometimes.

    Streater and King better be retained too, Streater could be a #2 anywhere imo and King has one of the Elite legs in the NFL.

    Dont mess this up Oakland.

  6. If some other team signed Lance Dunbar, would Dallas even have a starting RB?

  7. I don’t know a thing about most of these guys but Will Hill and Bobby Rainey are both good players. I would rather have Rainey than Bernard Pierce, for example. And, Hill did a good job in a secondary that was completely devastated by injuries to the starters. It only takes a couple of mil to sign any one of these guys.

  8. You could probably get Antwan Blake to sign for a Get Out of Jail Free Card and four years worth of taxi vouchers.

  9. Do the REDSKINS have any restricted free agents?

    Can I ask why it is OK to refer to a player being from or attending college in Oklahoma? Do word meanings change over time? Just asking…

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