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Unrestricted Free Agents In 2010

Absent a shocking change of course, the NFL and Player’s Union will not reach a new bargaining agreement prior to the start of free agency.  This means that over 200 players that would normally be entering unrestricted free agency will be restricted instead and much more easily retained by their current teams.

This year’s free agency period is heating up to a complicated one as tenders on restricted free agents can become quite the lengthy and tedious process.  As far as unrestricted free agency goes, however, there will be very little action.

Teams will also have the option, as always, to apply franchise tags to players they do not want to leave their team, and also to simply extend their contracts.  This will make the class of unrestricted free agents shrink even more.

For a solid breakdown of what the free agency class will have to offer go ahead and click here.  Don’t get too excited, however, as kickers are pretty much the highlight of this year’s class.

Some intriguing options for the Vikings (if these guys make it to free agency) could include Aaron Kampman, Julius Peppers, Bobbie Williams, Kyle Vanden Bosch, Casey Hampton, Aubrayo Franklin, Vince Wilfork, Karlos Dansby, Gary Brackett, Dunta Robinson, Leigh Bodden, and maybe a few of the safeties.

One thing that seems apparent from the list is that the Vikings will have to look to the draft to fill any holes on offense.  The starting-caliber players that have a chance of hitting free agency are almost all on defense.

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3 Responses to “Unrestricted Free Agents In 2010”

  1. Pat d says:

    Aren’t the Vikings going to have issues being able to sign free agents since they were a final 4 playoff team? I know I read something somewhere on it, but I can’t seem to find the article anymore. You know anything about it Adam?

    • Adam Warwas says:

      Pat, I believe what you are talking about refers to the restricted free agents.

      Say the Broncos put a first round tender on Brandon Marshall. Then the Vikings and the Bucs both make up an offer sheet for him. I believe the Broncos get to dictate that he goes to the Bucs so they can get the #2 pick instead of the #30. I think.

      I’ll look into it more.

  2. Tony Pants says:

    Bwaaaak bwaaak I bet we sign all those guys!!!!!!

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