Restricted FA on verge of extinction

New CBA guidelines, costs and emphasis on draft make RFAs less appealing

Originally Published: April 17, 2012
By Andrew Brandt | ESPN.com

We are nearing the extinction of a particular category of free agent in the NFL. Restricted free agency is alive -- in theory -- and part of the new 10-year collective bargaining agreement.

However, the reality is it has been in steep decline in recent years, and because of rookie contract requirements of the new CBA (see below), will soon become obsolete.

Restricted free agents -- three-year players with expiring contracts -- can receive offers from other teams, but the ...

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