New CBA & free agency in focus

June, 21, 2011
6/21/11
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As the NFL holds its latest set of owners' meetings on Tuesday outside of Chicago, details have begun to emerge regarding the proposed collective bargaining agreement being outlined to team representatives in attendance.

One notable point included in the proposal, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, is that veterans with four years of service are expected to be able to reach unrestricted free agency. Under the 2010 uncapped year rules, six years of service were required. This proposal would return free agency requirements to the capped year norm of the previous CBA.

This proposal affects safety Jarrad Page's free agency status. With the team operating under uncapped year rules, Page was assigned a restricted free agent tender on March 3.

In this case, Page's tender would void, and he would enter unrestricted free agency as a five-year veteran.

Running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis, who was also tendered a restricted free agent tender at the second-round level, would remain as a restricted free agent, with three accrued seasons of service.

Other Patriots players scheduled to become unrestricted free agents include running backs Kevin Faulk, Fred Taylor, and Sammy Morris; offensive linemen Matt Light and Quinn Ojinnaka; defensive lineman Gerard Warren; linebacker Tracy White; safety Brandon McGowan; and kicker Shayne Graham.

It is still unclear how the proposed CBA will affect offensive lineman Logan Mankins, who was assigned the franchise tag in February, but it is expected that the designation will remain in place, according to Schefter.

Mike Rodak

ESPN Buffalo Bills reporter

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