AFC South: RFAs

RFA inaction update

April, 13, 2010
We’ve seen little overall action on restricted free agents, and no RFA from the AFC South has signed an offer sheet anywhere.

I think teams should be more active in this department, as I discussed here.

Shockingly, no one in power listened to me there.

It’s news when a restricted free agent signs his tender, sure. I saw several of those from around the league flashing across Twitter during my recent vacation.

But the real news would be one of them not ultimately signing it. I’m not going to devote too many blog posts to RFAs following through on their only real option. We’ll see more and more of these soon.

The deadline for signing an offer sheet with another team is Thursday.

Then, if a guy really wants a chance to be traded during the draft, he’s got to be under contract when calls are made and the paperwork needs to be turned quickly. Think he creates a lot of leverage by not signing the tender?

On June 15, old clubs can pull tender offers to unsigned RFAs and still keep exclusive rights by substituting an offer of 110 percent of 2009’s salary.

Here is the status of RFAs who were tendered in the division.





Mailbag: A key RFA detail

March, 5, 2010
Elliott from Chattanooga, TN writes: The Jets put Leon Washington on a second-round tender. Does that mean since the Titans don’t have a second round pick this year they can’t make bid for him? If they could do you think they would be interested in him sense he was a Pro Bowl kick returner and that was a position they were looking to address this year, plus he would be someone to alternate with Chris Johnson.

Paul Kuharsky: Good question for the AFC South since neither the Titans nor the Jaguars have a second round pick.

If either of them wanted to sign a guy tendered at a second-round level to an offer sheet, they’d have to a) acquire a second rounder equal to what they would have had in the draft or one higher; or b) give up their first rounder instead. Basically, if you don’t have a pick in the right round and can’t get one commensurate to what you would have had, it gets rounded up a round. Nobody’s going to be doing the rounded up thing.

While Washington is intriguing as a return guy, the Titans have sufficient alternatives to Johnson as running back. A second rounder they’d have to trade for plus the kind of contract Washington would want are too high a price for the Titans, I’d say.