We are currently in the midst of the first work stoppage in the NFL since 1987. The players have decertified the union, and the owners have locked out the players. The negotiations, which center around the dispersion of $9 billion, now largely rest in the hands of lawyers.
And that blows. I don't want to talk about that. I am just going to put my faith in the fact that the powers that be will not be stupid enough to let these negotiations interfere with the upcoming season.
In the meantime, there will be no movement on the free agency front—except in the good ol' rumor mill.
I am going to get that mill cranked up. The following is the blueprint every team in the NFL should follow.
Now, until a new CBA is reached, we aren't even sure who will be a free agent as opposed to a restricted free agent. Last season, anyone with six years of service or less was a restricted free agent.
It is likely that that will return to the four years of service that it had been in years past.
Working under that premise, I did not include any players with four or less years of service that have been offered a tendered contract by their club.
I did include the players with five and six years of service who have received tendered offers, as those are likely to be void whenever a new CBA is reached.