Free Agents


2012 Key Dates
Feb. 20 - First day for clubs to designate franchise or transition players.

March 5 - Deadline to designate franchise or transition tag players (prior to 3 p.m. CST).

March 13 - Free agency begins at 3 p.m. CST, marking start of 2012 league year (trading begins).

April 20 - Deadline for signing of offer sheets by restricted free agents.

June 1 - Deadline for old clubs to send tender to unsigned unrestricted free agents to receive exclusive negotiating rights for rest of the season if player is not signed by another club by July 22.

June 1 - Deadline for old clubs to submit a qualifying offer to unsigned exclusive rights free agents.

June 1 - Deadline for old clubs to send tender to unsigned restricted free agents or to extend qualifying offer to retain exclusive negotiating rights with exclusive rights free agents.

July 22 - Deadline for unsigned UFA to sign with new clubs.

July 22 - Deadline for transition players to sign with new clubs.


















General Information
Unrestricted Free Agents
Pos.
Name
Status
RB
Jackie Battle
Signed with Chargers
TE
Anthony Becht
WR
Dwayne Bowe
Franchise Tag
CB
Brandon Carr
Signed with Cowboys
DB
Travis Daniels
Re-Signed (Undisclosed)
DE
Wallace Gilberry
Signed with Buccaneers
DL
Amon Gordon
Re-Signed (2-Year Deal)
DL
Kelly Gregg
RB
Thomas Jones
FB
Le'Ron McClain
Signed with Chargers
S
Jon McGraw
OT
Ryan O'Callaghan
QB
Kyle Orton
Signed with Cowboys
S
Sabby Piscitelli
TE
Leonard Pope
Signed with Steelers
OT
Barry Richardson
Signed with Rams
WR
Jerheme Urban
C
Casey Wiegmann
Restricted Free Agents
Pos.
Name
Status
LB
Jovan Belcher
Signed (1-Year Offer)
TE
Jake O'Connell
Signed (1-Year Offer)
Exclusive Rights Free Agents
Pos.
Name
Status
S
Reshard Langford
Signed with Lions
QB
Tyler Palko
Free Agent Additions
Pos.
Name
Status
DB
Mikail Baker
Signed (Terms Unknown)
TE
Kevin Boss
Signed (3-Year Deal)
SS
Abram Elam
Signed (Terms Unknown)
RB
Peyton Hillis
Signed (1-Year Deal)
DE
Edgar Jones
Signed (Terms Unknown)
DE
Ropati Pitoitua
Signed (Terms Unknown)
QB
Brady Quinn
Signed (Terms Unknown)
TE
Martin Rucker
Signed (Terms Unknown)
OL
Tony Ugoh
Signed (Terms Unknown)
OT
Ray Willis
Signed (Terms Unknown)
OT
Eric Winston
Signed (4-Year Deal)
Terminology
Unrestricted Free Agents (UFA)
Players with four years or more of NFL experience who can sign with their own team or any other team in the NFL. If they leave their previous team the team that signs them can do so without having to award the previous team compensation.

Restricted Free Agents (RFA)
Players with three years of NFL experience. Like an unrestricted free agent they are free to negotiate with any team however the current team has the right to match any offer and if they do so they retain the rights to the player. Failure to meet the offer means the player is awarded to the new team but the new team must give the old team compensation in the form of draft picks.

Exclusive-Rights Free Agents (EFA)
Players with two or fewer years of experience who have no outside negotiating power. Their rights belong to their previous club provided they are made a minimum qualifying offer.

Franchise Free Agents (FFA)
Unrestricted free agents who have been designated as the "Franchise" player. Current team has the right to match any offer. If they refuse they are given compensation by the new team the player has signed to play for.

Transitional Free Agents (TFA)
Players who can negotiate with any club but current team retains matching rights.




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
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