Key Dates for 2010 Reserved Free Agents

April 15 - Deadline for signing and submission of Offer Sheets by Restricted Free Agents.
April 21 - Deadline for Old Clubs to match Offer Sheets submitted by Restricted Free Agents.
June 1 - Deadline for old club to send tender to its unsigned Restricted Free Agents or to extend Qualifying Offer, whichever is greater, in order to retain rights.

The time is drawing near for the Skins to make offer sheets to reserved free agents.  Of course the reverse is also true for other teams to make offer sheets for Skins' reserved free agents.

Key questions and answers about 2010 NFL free agency - National Football League -

Q. Other than accrued seasons, what determines a restricted free agent?
A. He has received a "qualifying" offer (a salary level predetermined by the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the league and its players) from his old club. He can negotiate with any club through April 15. If the restricted free agent accepts an offer sheet from a new club, his old club can match the offer and retain him because it has the "right of first refusal." If the old club does not match the offer, it can possibly receive draft-choice compensation depending on the amount of its qualifying offer. If an offer sheet is not executed, and the player receives the June 1 tender from his old club, the player's rights revert exclusively to his old club on June 1.

Uncapped Year and Its Impact on Free Agency –

Teams will get down to the serious business of fine tuning, overhauling or retooling their rosters when NFL free agency and the new league year gets underway on March 5. The owners’ decision to opt out of the CBA signed in 2006 changes the rules for free agency in 2010. The new rules aim to maintain a competitive balance by making fewer players eligible for free agency as well as putting limitations on the past season’s playoff teams’ ability to sign free agents. Players now need six or more accrued NFL seasons to become unrestricted free agents (UFAs) instead of the usual four seasons. This limits opportunities for the 212 fourth- and fifth-year players who played out their contracts in 2009 and were set to test the unrestricted free agency market this season. Instead these players become restricted free agents (RFAs) and are subject to a tender system that can seriously impede an RFA’s efforts to leave his old team for a more lucrative deal.

Players with three years of accrued seasons of service are also restricted free agents (RFAs) and subject to receiving (or not receiving) a qualifying offer or tender from their old teams. NFL teams can tender their restricted free agents by offering a one-year contract at any one of five tender options based on a player’s number of accrued seasons. All restricted free agents have the right to negotiate with any NFL team through the April 15, 2010 deadline. If the restricted free agent accepts an offer sheet from a new club, his old club has “right of first refusal,” a seven-day period in which it may match the offer and retain him or choose not to match the offer. The top tender would cost a new team its first- and third-round draft picks to sign the player. Additional tender options include compensation in the form of a first-round or second-round draft pick or pick from the player’s original draft round if the old club don’t match the offer. If an offer sheet is not executed, the player’s rights revert to his old club the day after negotiations must end.

Tender Offers for 2010 Restricted Free Agents (RFAs) -

The 2010 class of Restricted Free Agents (RFAs) has different levels of tender offers based on a player’s number of accrued seasons and their associated levels of draft choice compensation. The following list breaks down tender offers by the number of accrued seasons:

Google search string - nfl+restricted+free+agent+deadline+April+15 – full list of findings.

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