Players wonder about the free part of free agency

Being labeled a franchise player sounds like a good thing. But those who get that label from teams are quick to disagree and are happy to explain why, writes Len Pasquarelli.

Originally Published: April 6, 2007
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

Having had the free component to free agency denied by the Chicago Bears' decision to designate him a franchise player, two-time Pro Bowl weakside linebacker Lance Briggs has been vocal in recent weeks about wanting to have the restrictive marker rescinded.

Or about being traded, or released, or sitting out the first 10 games of the 2007 season.

Earlier this week, another franchise player, New England cornerback Asante Samuel, who tied for the league lead with 10 interceptions in 2006, ...

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