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I’ve been reading that there are a number of key June dates for restricted free agents. What are the implications of those dates? How many of those players have not signed contracts?
For the 37 RFAs who have not signed contracts (as of May 27), the original clubs retain exclusive rights to sign the player. All RFAs can sign by June 1 the contract their original club tendered before March 5 — the first day of the 2010 league year. If a player does not sign by June 1, the original club can extend the qualifying offer and thereby retain exclusive rights to the player.
If the original qualifying offer is greater than 110 percent of the player’s 2009 base salary and the player does not sign that contract by June 15, the team can substitute the June 1 tender with a new June 15th tender of 110 percent of the RFA’s 2009 base salary and continue to retain exclusive rights to the player. If the player does not sign by Week 10, he cannot play in 2010.
Below is a list of the 37 Restricted Free Agents who have not signed contracts as of May 27 (based on official notification to the NFL office).