Monday, March 15, 2010
A few notes on the RFA market
By Mike Sando
This is about the time in free agency when we start hearing more about the restricted market.
It's generally not much of a market. As Pro Football Weekly noted, only 62 RFAs have changed teams over the past 17 years.
Perhaps this offseason will be different in the NFC West.
The Seahawks and Cardinals have interest in Chargers RFA Charlie Whitehurst. Seattle has also visited with Broncos RFA Brandon Marshall. Rams RFA Oshiomogho Atogwe could hit the market without restrictions if St. Louis doesn't increase its one-year offer to him from $1.226 million to nearly $7 million by June 1.
In sizing up the RFA market, I noticed that 16 of the first 32 players chosen in the 2005 NFL draft are RFAs. All but three of them -- Braylon Edwards, Travis Johnson and Fabian Washington -- remain with their original teams.
The chart ranks them by draft order while showing RFA tender levels for each. Of the 16, only the Rams' Alex Barron was tendered at less than a first-round level.