Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky
Thursday is the deadline for teams to make qualifying offers to their restricted free agents whose contracts are expiring and to whom they desire to retain a right of first refusal/compensation.
Translation of the league's language: It's time to attach a one-year tender offer to RFAs (players who are heading into their fourth seasons without a contract). It's a one-year contract offer that comes with draft-pick compensation attached. If a team signs a RFA to an offer sheet, the original club has a week to match. If it chooses not to, then it gets the compensation instead.
NFC West expert Mike Sando pulled this information together that spells out teams' options with RFAs:
Here are the AFC South restricted free agents:
Receiver David Anderson
Offensive lineman Rashad Butler
Defensive end Earl Cochran
Tight end Owen Daniels
Tight end Joel Dreessen
Defensive end Stanley McClover
Linebacker Freddy Keiaho