Report: Players with four or more years of experience will be UFAs

Posted June 21, 2011 @ 2:46 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Players without contracts who have four or more years of NFL service are expected to be unrestricted free agents whenever the 2011 offseason begins, according to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter.

It previously had been thought that some of these players would be restricted free agents, but Schefter tweeted on Tuesday afternoon that all of them will be free on the open market to sign with any team they choose in the next Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Before last year, any unsigned player with four years or more of service could be unrestricted, but the rules were changed last offseason heading into the final year of the previous CBA.

Some of the top free agents who have four accrued years and would be unrestricted in this new deal include RB Ahmad Bradshaw, LB Paul Posluszny, CB Johnathan Joseph, WR Sidney Rice, TE Zach Miller, OT Jermon Bushrod, S Eric Weddle, OT Doug Free, DE Charles Johnson, WR Steve Smith (Giants), LB Stewart Bradley and WR Mike Sims-Walker.