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ChronoCross
03-14-2007, 01:43 PM
FREE AGENCY ENTERING PHASE TWO
The consensus in league circles is that phase one of 2007 free agency has ended, and that the primary focus will now shift to the restricted free agents.
As to the unrestricted free agents, big-money deals will be fewer and farther between, with more and more contracts being of the short-term variety, like the deals signed on Tuesday by tight end Marcus Pollard with the Seahawks and cornerback Travis Fisher with the Lions.
The question that any team interested in a restricted free agent will be asking itself is whether the draft pick that would be sacrificed by signing a restricted free agent should be used instead to land a rookie. (Unless, of course, the restricted free agent was an undrafted player with the low tender; in such cases, there is no compensation.)
The deadline for signing restricted free agents to offer sheets is April 20. As to any offer sheets signed on April 20, the player's current team would have until April 27 -- the day before the draft -- to make a decision as to whether to match the offer.