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THE FUTURE OF FREE AGENCY AND THE PATRIOTS

A listing of when each current Patriots player will become a free agent in the future.

Please note that I got the idea for this page after looking at the Falcons Free Agency Outlook page on the defunct FalcFans.Com site. Nate Berube made an excellent suggestion in that I should include definitions of the terms used in the following table. I got the following from The Football Corner.

An Exclusive Rights Free Agent (ERFA) is defined as a player with an expiring contract who has less than three accrued seasons. He can only sign with his old club, provided that he is offered a one-year contract at the minimum salary for the upcoming year. If the exclusive rights free agent gets no such offer, he is completely free to sign with any team.

A Restricted Free Agent (RFA) is any player that has completed three accrued seasons and their contract has expired. A RFA must be tendered with an offer on or before the Restricted Free Agent Signing Period begins. The RFA can be tendered one of four offers. They are:
(1) Right of First Refusal
(2) Right of First Refusal and Draft Selection at player's Original Draft Round but a second-round pick if the player was a first-round pick: This is a one year player contract at a salary of $1,389,000 (for 2014) or 110% of the players prior year's salary (whichever is greater). If another club signs said RFA, the team tendering the offer receives one draft pick equal to the round the RFA was selected in during the draft but in the case the player was a first round pick the pick will be a second round pick.
(3) Right of First Refusal and a second-round pick: This is a one year player contract at a salary of $2,124,000 (for 2014) or 110% of the players prior year's salary (whichever is greater). If another club signs said RFA, the team tendering the offer receives one second round draft pick.
(4) Right of First Refusal and One First Round Draft Selection: This is a one year player contract at a salary of $3,023,000 (for 2014) or 110% of the players prior year's salary (whichever is greater). If another club signs said RFA, the team tendering the offer receives one first round draft pick.

An Unrestricted Free Agent (UFA) is any player with four or more accrued seasons whose contract has expired. A UFA is free to sign with any team without limitations and restrictions until July 15th. On July 16th, his rights revert back to his old club if it makes a tender offer (110% of the previous season's salary) to him by June 1st. The club then has until the 10th week of the season to sign him. If he does not sign by the 10th week, he must sit out the season. If no tender is offered to the UFA by June 1st, he is free to sign with any club at any time. A club can designate one player a Franchise Player during any given year of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). There are two types of Franchise Players. **** NOTE: For the next paragraphs regarding the franchise and transition tags salary is defined as the total of the Paragraph 5 Salary, roster and reporting bonuses, and the prorata portion of signing bonus salary, prorated signing bonus, and roster bonus but not LTBE incentives or offseason workout bonus money. To determine the franchise and transition tag amounts, the amounts of the franchise and transition tags at each position from the previous five seasons will be added up and divided by the sum of the league-wide salary cap number from the previous five seasons. For the uncapped 2010 season, the league uses the average of the 2009 and 2011 salary caps. The resulting percentage will be multiplied by the league-wide salary cap for the upcoming season to determine the non-exclusive franchise tag and transition tag amounts. They are:
(1) "Exclusive" Franchise Player is a player that is not free to sign with another club.
(2)"Non-Exclusive" Franchise Player is a player that is free to negotiate with other clubs. His old club can match a new club's offer, or receive two first-round draft choices if it decides not to match the offer.
Duration of Designation: Each Club that designates a Franchise Player to a player contract shall be deemed to have utilized its Franchise Player desination for the duration of the contract unless the club signs said Franchise Player to a long-term contract before the July 16th free agency deadline. If a franchise player does not sign a long-term deal with his team before EOB, July 16th, he can not sign a long-term deal with his team until after the regular season has ended.
The 2014 franchise figures: cornerbacks $11.834 million, defensive ends $13.116 million, defensive tackles $9.654 million, linebacker $11.455 million, offensive line $11.654 million, kickers $3.556 million, quarterbacks $16.192 million, running backs $9.54 million, safeties $8.433 million, tight end $7.035 million and wide receivers $12.312 million.

A club can designate one player a Transition Player during any given year of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). A club must offer a minimum of the average of the Top 10 salaries or 120% of the player's previous salary (whichever is greater). A Transition Player designation gives the club first-refusal right to match within seven days an offer sheet made by another club. If the club matches, it retains the player. If it does not match, it receives no compensation. Duration of Designation: Beginning in the 2006 League Year, teams will have a window beginning the day after the last day of the Franchise Player designation period and ending at 4:00 p.m. New York time July 15th during which, if the team signs its Franchise Player to a multi-year contract, the team may nonetheless retain its Franchise Player designation rights the following year.
The 2014 transition numbers: cornerbacks $10.081 million, defensive end $10.633 million, defensive tackle $8.060 million, linebacker $9.754 milllion, offensive line $10.039 million, kicker $3.205 milllion, quarterback $14.666 milllion, running back $8.033 million, safety $7.253 million, tight end $6.106 million and wide receiver $10.176 million.

Accrued Season -A season where a player was on, should have been on, full pay status for a total of six or more regular season games, but, regardless of the player's pay status, shall not include Exempt Commisisioner Permission, Reserve PUP List (non-football injury), or a Club's Practice or Developmental Squad. Plainly stated, any season that a player is on a club's active/inactive roster, or reserve-injured or physically unable to perform list (football related).

For 2014, the RFA tender levels with 3 years of service (Danny Aiken - who went undrafted in 2011 will be --

* = 110% of player's 2014 Paragraph 5 salary, whichever is greater)

A listing of when each current Patriots player will become a free agent in the future.



Vince Wilfork, DT

Year

Exclusive Rights

Restricted

Unrestricted

Players in BOLD are starters
March 1, 2014 Danny Aiken, LS (re-signed) LeGarrette Blount, RB (signed with the Steelers)
Andre Carter, DE
Austin Collie, WR
Julian Edelman, WR (re-signed)
Dane Fletcher, LB (signed with the Buccaneers)
Michael Hoomanawanui, TE (re-signed)
Matthew Mulligan, TE
Brandon Spikes, LB (signed with the Bills)
Will Svitek, OT
Aqib Talib, CB (signed with the Broncos)
Ryan Wendell, C (re-signed)
March 1, 2015 James Develin, FB
James Morris, LB
Greg Orton, WR
Sealver Siliga, DT
Brian Tyms, WR
Brandon Bolden, RB
Darius Fleming, LB
Danny Aiken, LS
Akeem Ayers, LB
Alan Branch, DT
Marcus Cannon, G
Jonathan Casillas, LB
Patrick Chung, S
Dan Connolly, G
Stephen Gostkowski, K
Devin McCourty, S
Stevan Ridley, RB
Shane Vereen, RB
Chris White, LB
March 1, 2016 Jordan Devey, OT
James Morris, LB
Tim Wright, TE
Ryan Allen, P
Chris Barker, G
James Develin, FB
Josh Kline, OT
Sealver Siliga, DT
Brian Tyms, WR
LeGarrette Blount, RB
Brandon Bolden, RB
Alonzo Dennard, CB
Nate Ebner, S
Michael Hoomanawanui, TE
Sealver Siliga, DT
Nate Solder, OT
Ryan Wendell, C

Tavon Wilson, S
March 1, 2017 Malcolm Butler, CB
Jordan Devey, RT
James Morris, LB
Tim Wright, TE
Cameron Gordon, LB
Ryan Allen, P
Kyle Arrington, CB
Chris Barker, G
Michael Buchanan, DE
Jamie Collins, LB
James Develin, FB
Aaron Dobson, WR
Dont'a Hightower, LB - This presumes that the Pats pick up Hightower's fifth-year option in 2015.
Chandler Jones, DE - This presumes that the Pats pick up Chandler's fifth-year option in 2015.
Chris Jones, DT
Josh Kline, OT
Rob Ninkovich, DE
Logan Ryan, CB
Matthew Slater, WR/Special Teams Ace
Sealver Siliga, DT
Sebastian Vollmer, RT
March 1, 2018 none none Danny Amendola, WR
Tom Brady, QB
Malcolm Butler, CB
Jordan Devey, OT
Julian Edelman, WR
Cameron Fleming, OT
Tyler Gaffney, RB
Jimmy Garoppolo, QB
Cameron Gordon, LB
Jerod Mayo, LB
Zach Moore, DE
James Morris, LB
Bryan Stork, C
James White, RB
Cameron Gordon, LB
March 1, 2019 none none Dominique Easley, DE - This presumes that the Pats pick up Easley's fifth-year option in 2017.
March 1, 2020 none none Rob Gronkowski, TE

The following lists the players who will be included in the 2015 compensatory pick calculation for the Patriots

Will the contracts/production/offseason honors of Brandon Browner (4.57M) and Brandon Lafell (3M APY) outweigh the contracts/production/offseason honors of Aqib Talib (9.5M APY), Brandon Spikes (3M APY), Dane Fletcher (1.1M APY)? Since the Patriots lost more qualifying UFAs than they have signed, I project that they will get one compensatory pick (most likely a third) in 2015. Matthew Mulligan should not qualify to be counted in the calculation since he was released by the Bears in the middle of September. LeGarrett Blount should not qualify for the calculation since the Patriots signed him in November. FYI, In 2014 The following lists the draft picks that the Patriots will enter the 2015 draft with as of November 28th if my compensatory pick projection is correct.