Last word -- for now -- on Bucs' restricted free agents
I explained in an earlier post about the status of the unsigned restricted free agents and what happens now.
Well, the NFL had a nice rundown of the process on its labor site that I thought I should share. I'm not suggesting any of this is going to come into play where the Bucs are concerned, particularly with Donald Penn, but it's just to answer any questions you might have.
Here's an excerpt from the story:
"For the 90 RFAs who have not signed contracts as of April 15, 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."