Unrestricted Free Agency Period Ends

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One hundred veteran free agents re-signed with their old teams this year during the free agency signing period, while 124 signed with new teams, the National Football League announced today. The four-month UFA signing period, under terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the league and players, ended July 22.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed the most unrestricted free agents from other teams (14), while the New York Giants signed 10, followed by the Miami Dolphins with nine, and the Jacksonville Jaguars and Washington Redskins with eight each.

There were a total of 310 unrestricted free agents this year. The total player pool is approximately 1,700.

One of this year's 128 restricted free agents signed with a new team - Pittsburgh defensive end Rodney Bailey with New England. One-hundred-and-twenty-one restricted free agents returned to their former clubs, and six are in unsigned categories. The period for restricted free agents to accept offers from other teams ended April 16.

In addition, one transition player signed with a new team, Kansas City tackle John Tait with Chicago.

The 126 total free agents who switched teams represent only seven percent of all NFL players. Of 481 players who were free agents in the various categories of the system, 351 signed new contracts with either new teams or their old clubs.

"The veteran free agent signings reflect a belief by teams and players that continuity and stability play an important role in our sport," said Harold Henderson, executive vice president of labor relations and chairman of the NFL Management Council. "The system continues to enhance the competitive balance that is so important in our sport."

Under the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement, players without 2004 contracts who had four or more seasons of free agency experience qualified to be "unrestricted free agents" and were free to sign with any club between March 3 and July 22.

If a player's prior club made a 110 percent tender on or before June 1, the prior club retained exclusive negotiating rights after July 22 if the player did not sign with another club. If the player and club are unable to negotiate a contract by the 10th week of the regular season, the player may not play the remainder of the season. If the player sits out the season, he becomes an unrestricted free agent next year.

Under the CBA, restricted free agents are those players who have three seasons of free agency experience and are subject to compensation and/or right of first refusal.

A "transition" player is a designated unrestricted free agent whose team must tender a one-year contract at the average of the 10 highest-paid players of 2003 at the transition player's position, or a 20 percent increase, whichever is greater. A "franchise" player is a designated unrestricted free agent whose team must tender a one-year contract at the average of the five highest-paid players at the franchise player's position in 2003, or a 20 percent increase, whichever is greater.

2004 NFL UNRESTRICTRED & RESTRICTED FREE-AGENT SIGNINGS

1) 124 UNRESTRICTED free agents signed with NEW teams:

TEAM

PLAYER, FORMER TEAM

ARIZONA

RB Obafemi Ayanbadejo, Miami

DE Bert Berry, Denver

QB Shaun King, Tampa Bay

CB David Macklin, Indianapolis

ATLANTA

G Eric Beverly, Detroit

DT Roderick Coleman, Oakland

QB Ty Detmer, Detroit

LB Eric Johnson, Oakland

CB Jason Webster, San Francisco

WR Dez White, Chicago

BUFFALO

G Chris Villarrial, Chicago

CB Troy Vincent, Philadelphia

CAROLINA

G Travis Claridge, Atlanta

CB Terrance Shaw, Oakland

LB Brandon Short, N.Y. Giants

CHICAGO

RB Thomas Jones, Tampa Bay

QB Jonathan Quinn, Kansas City

CINCINNATI

WR Pat Johnson, Washington

LB Nate Webster, Tampa Bay

G Bobby Williams, Philadelphia

CLEVELAND

DE Ebenezer Ekuban, Dallas

G Kelvin Garmon, San Diego

RB Terrelle Smith, New Orleans

DENVER

DE Marco Coleman, Philadelphia

T Cornell Green, Tampa Bay

QB Mike Quinn, Houston

TE O.J. Santiago, Oakland

TE Jed Weaver, San Francisco

DETROIT

CB Fernando Bryant, Jacksonville

G David Loverne, St. Louis

QB Rick Mirer, Oakland

CB Dainon Sidney, Buffalo

WR Tai Streets, San Francisco

G Damien Woody, New England

GREEN BAY

S Mark Roman, Cincinnati

HOUSTON

LB Dashon Polk, Buffalo

DT Robaire Smith, Tennessee

T Todd Wade, Miami

JACKSONVILLE

CB Juran Bolden, Atlanta

G Mike Compton, New England

LB Greg Favors, Carolina

S Deon Grant, Carolina

LB Tommy Hendricks, Miami

QB Doug Johnson, Atlanta

DB Lewis Sanders, Cleveland

TE Todd Yoder, Tampa Bay

KANSAS CITY

C Chris Bober, NY Giants

MIAMI

S Chris Akins, New England

S Antuan Edwards, Green Bay

CB Reggie Howard, Carolina

G Jeno James, Carolina

TE John Jones, Baltimore

T Damion McIntosh, San Diego

RB Sammy Morris, Buffalo

T John St. Clair, St. Louis

WR Terrence Wilkins, Indianapolis

MINNESOTA

P Darren Bennett, San Diego

DT Steve Martin, Houston

WR Marcus Robinson, Baltimore

TE Jermaine Wiggins,Carolina

CB Antoine Winfield, Buffalo

NEW ENGLAND

G Bob Hallen, San Diego

CB Otis Smith, Detroit

DT Keith Traylor, Chicago

NEW ORLEANS

RB Sam Gash, Buffalo

G Jamar Nesbit, Jacksonville

RB Aaron Stecker, Tampa Bay

DT Brian Young, St. Louis

NY GIANTS

DE Lorenzo Bromell, Oakland

DT Martin Chase, Washington

WR JaJuan Dawson, Indianapolis

T Ed Ellis, San Diego

LB Carlos Emmons, Philadelphia

LB Barrett Green, Detroit

G Shaun O'Hara, Cleveland

DT Fred Robbins, Minnesota

DT Glen Steele, Cincinnati

T Barry Stokes, Cleveland

NY JETS

CB David Barrett, Arizona

LB Eric Barton, Oakland

S Reggie Tongue, Seattle

OAKLAND

DB Ike Charlton, NY Giants

LB Danny Clark, Jacksonville

WR Chris Cole, Denver

DE Bobby Hamilton, New England

DT Warren Sapp, Tampa Bay

S David Terrell, Washington

DT Ted Washington, New England

PHILADELPHIA

LB Dhani Jones, NY Giants

DE Jevon Kearse, Tennessee

PITTSBURGH

P Chris Gardocki, Cleveland

DT Travis Kirschke, San Francisco

RB Duce Staley, Philadelphia

CB Willie Williams, Seattle

SAN DIEGO

WR Kevin Dyson, Carolina

LB Steve Foley, Houston

LB Randall Godfrey, Seattle

C Mike Goff, Cincinnati

T Leander Jordan, Jacksonville

SAN FRANCISCO

T Greg Randall, Houston

SEATTLE

CB Bobby Taylor, Philadelphia

DE Grant Wistrom, St. Louis

TAMPA BAY

RB Brandon Bennett, Cincinnati

P Josh Bidwell, Green Bay

LB Keith Burns, Denver

RB Greg Comella, Houston

CB Mario Edwards, Dallas

RB Charile Garner, Oakland

QB Jason Garrett, NY Giants

LB Ian Gold, Denver

LB Jeff Gooch, Detroit

DE Lamar King, Seattle

CB Tommy Knight, Baltimore

G Matt O'Dwyer, Cincinnati

DT Darrell Russell, Washington

C Matt Stinchcomb, Oakland

WASHINGTON

CB Ralph Brown, NY Giants

DT Cornelius Griffin, NY Giants

TE Brian Kozlowski, Atlanta

TE Walter Rasby, New Orleans

DT Joe Salave'a, San Diego

CB Shawn Springs, Seattle

P Tom Tupa, Tampa Bay

LB Marcus Washington, Indianapolis

2) 100 UNRESTRICTED free agents re-signed with their OLD team:

TEAM, PLAYER

ARIZONA

S Justin Lucas

ATLANTA

S Keion Carpenter

C Todd McClure

LB Artie Ulmer

BALTIMORE

T Orlando Brown

C Mike Flynn

K Wade Richey

K Matt Stover

LB Adalius Thomas

QB Anthony Wright

BUFFALO

DE Keith McKenzie

CAROLINA

LB Jason Kyle

TE Kris Mangum

DE Kavika Pittman

G Tutan Reyes

T Melvin Tuten

T Matt Willig

CINCINNATI

S Rogers Beckett

G Rich Braham

CLEVELAND

DT Michael Myers

DALLAS

C Gennaro DiNapoli

DENVER

RB Reuben Droughns

TE Patrick Hape

LB Johnny Rutledge

CB Jimmy Spencer

CB Scott Turner

DETROIT

RB Shawn Bryson

DE James Hall

DT Kelvin Pritchett

S Bracy Walker

GREEN BAY

CB-S Michael Hawthorne

QB Doug Pederson

DT Larry Smith

HOUSTON

CB Pat Dennis

DE Corey Sears

CB Jason Simmons

C Todd Washington

INDIANAPOLIS

LB Jim Nelson

QB Cory Sauter

JACKSONVILLE

T Sammy Williams

C Joe Zelenka

KANSAS CITY

CB William Bartee

TE Jason Dunn

TE Kendall Gammon

DE Eric Hicks

S Lyle West

S Jerome Woods

MIAMI

TE Ed Perry

P Matt Turk

S Shawn Wooden

MINNESOTA

TE Jim Kleinsasser

C Cory Withrow

NEW ENGLAND

S Je'Rod Cherry

LB Don Davis

RB Kevin Faulk

RB Patrick Pass

WR J.J. Stokes

NEW ORLEANS

RB Ki-Jana Carter

T Spencer Folau

C Jerry Fontenot

LB Derrick Rodgers

RB Lamar Smith

CB Fred Thomas

NY GIANTS

CB Ray Green

DE Keith Washington

NY JETS

K Doug Brien

G Brent Smith

OAKLAND

RB Chris Hetherington

PHILADELPHIA

DT Paul Grasmanis

PITTSBURGH

T Barrett Brooks

DT Kendrick Clancy

TE Matt Cushing

WR Chris Doering

LB Clark Haggans

RB Dan Kreider

S Mike Logan

C Mike Schneck

ST. LOUIS

S Rich Coady

P Sean Landeta

SAN DIEGO

C David Binn

RB Leon Johnson

CB Jerry Wilson

SAN FRANCISCO

DE John Engelberger

C Brock Gutierrez

S Ronnie Heard

TE Brian Jennings

K Todd Peterson

CB Ahmed Plummer

SEATTLE

WR Darrell Jackson

LB Isaiah Kacyvenski

P Tom Rouen

DT Cedric Woodard

TAMPA BAY

G Cosey Coleman

TE Rickey Dudley

TENNESSEE

TE Erron Kinney

QB Billy Volek

WASHINGTON

C Ethan Albright

C Lennie Friedman

LB Kevin Mitchell

G Daryl Terrell

3) 1 RESTRICTED free agent signed with a NEW team:

TEAM

PLAYER, FORMER TEAM

NEW ENGLAND

DE Rodney Bailey, Pittsburgh

4) 121 RESTRICTED free agents re-signed with their OLD team:

TEAM, PLAYER

ARIZONA

DT Marcus Bell

CB Renaldo Hill

WR Kevin Kasper

S Adrian Wilson

ATLANTA

K Jay Feely

G Kynan Forney

G Roberto Garza

LB Karon Riley

LB Matt Stewart

BALTIMORE

G Bennie Anderson

T Damion Cook

DE Marques Douglas

LB Edgerton Hartwell

C Joe Maese

G Casey Rabach

RB Alan Ricard

CB Raymond Walls

BUFFALO

QB Travis Brown

DT Ron Edwards

CAROLINA

LB Brian Allen

CB Jarrod Cooper

RB Nick Goings

RB Rod Smart

S Travares Tillman

CHICAGO

T Mike Gandy

DE Joe Tafoya

CINCINNATI

K Shayne Graham

WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh

RB Rudi Johnson

S Kevin Kaesviharn

T Victor Leyva

TE Tony Stewart

CLEVELAND

WR Andre King

G Paul Zukauskas

DALLAS

DT Willie Blade

RB Aveion Cason

T Javiar Collins

RB Troy Hambrick

C Matt Lehr

S Lynn Scott

LB Markus Steele

TE James Whalen

WR Randal Williams

DENVER

G Ben Hamilton

DE Reggie Hayward

LB Donnie Spragan

DETROIT

WR Scotty Anderson

LB Donte' Curry

P Nick Harris

QB Mike McMahon

WR Reggie Swinton

RB Stephen Trejo

GREEN BAY

CB-S Bhawoh Jue

LB Torrance Marshall

TE David Martin

HOUSTON

CB Jason Bell

DE Jerry DeLoach

TE Jabari Holloway

DB Marlon McCree

RB Moran Norris

CB Darrick Vaughn

INDIANAPOLIS

S Cory Bird

G Rick DeMulling

T Ryan Diem

DB Nicholas Harper

RB Dominic Rhodes

KANSAS CITY

P Jason Baker

LB Monty Beisel

RB Derrick Blaylock

LB Quinton Caver

DT Eric Downing

MIAMI

LB Morlon Greenwood

RB Travis Minor

QB Sage Rosenfels

MINNESOTA

CB Eric Kelly

NEW ORLEANS

S Steve Gleason

LB Sedrick Hodge

DT Kenny Smith

NY GIANTS

DT Lance Legree

QB Jesse Palmer

CB William Peterson

TE Marcellus Rivers

NY JETS

LB Jason Glenn

T Kareem McKenzie

DT James Reed

LB Quincy Stewart

LB Kenyatta Wright

OAKLAND

QB Tee Martin

T Chad Slaughter

PHILADELPHIA

LB Keith Adams

RB Correll Buckhalter

PITTSBURGH

DE Chris Hoke

CB Chidi Iwuoma

C Chukky Okobi

G Keydrick Vincent

ST. LOUIS

QB Marc Bulger

CB Jerametrius Butler

DE Bryce Fisher

TE Brandon Manumaleuna

SAN DIEGO

DE Otis Leverette

LB Zeke Moreno

LB Carlos Polk

SAN FRANCISCO

TE Eric Johnson

CB Jimmy Williams

WR Cedrick Wilson

SEATTLE

WR Alex Bannister

RB Heath Evans

LB Orlando Huff

C Dennis Norman

T Floyd Womack

TAMPA BAY

RB Jameel Cook

DT Chartric Darby

S John Howell

TENNESSEE

WR Drew Bennett

WR Eddie Berlin

WR Justin McCareins

DE Juqua Thomas

WASHINGTON

RB Bryan Johnson

WR Darnerien McCants

S-CB Ifeanyi Ohalete

LB Antonio Pierce

5) 1 UNRESTRICTED free agent with right of first refusal re-signed with his OLD team:

TEAM, PLAYER

NEW ENGLAND, RB Mike Cloud

6) 3 FRANCHISE players re-signed with their OLD teams:

TEAM, PLAYER

JACKSONVILLE, S Donovin Darius

NEW ORLEANS, DE Darren Howard

WASHINGTON, CB Champ Bailey

7) 1 TRANSITION player signed with a NEW team:

TEAM

PLAYER, FORMER TEAM

CHICAGO

T John Tait, Kansas City

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