Cardinals unrestricted free agents 19 What is a

first_imgCardinal’s unrestricted free agents (19)What is an unrestricted free agent?: These players, who have accrued four or more NFL seasons, can openly sign with another team through July 22. After that, their rights revert exclusively to Arizona if they have not yet signed and the Cardinals tendered a one-year deal for 110 percent of their 2017 salary by May 8. If the Cardinals did not tender them, they remain free to sign elsewhere.WR Jaron Brown (28) $1,910,000WR John Brown (27) $699,725WR Brittan Golden (29) $645,000TE Troy Niklas (25) $1,005,825S Tyvon Branch (31) $4,000,000OL Earl Watford (27) $775,000RB Kerwynn Williams (26) $555,000QB Drew Stanton (33) $3,250,000QB Blaine Gabbert (28) $855,000QB Matt Barkley (27) $775,000LB Josh Bynes (28) $775,000LB Kareem Martin (25) $710,890OT Khalif Barnes (35) $1,000,000LS Aaron Brewer (27) $725,000LB Karlos Dansby (36) $2,000,000OL Alex Boone (30) $900,000DL Frostee Rucker (34) $1,080,000CB Justin Bethel (27) $5,000,000CB Tramon Williams (34) $2,000,000Restricted free agent (1)What is a restricted free agent?: Restricted free agents have less than four accrued years in the NFL and are eligible for one-year qualifying offers. Teams put an offer on each player based on what draft pick compensation they would receive should they lose the player. Restricted free agents then can negotiate with other teams who must match the tender chosen by Arizona. The Cardinals can decline to match the offer and receive draft pick compensation. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The NFL free agency period begins Wednesday, March 14, but the Arizona Cardinals will nonetheless have their work cut out for them before that date.They must decide what to spend, what positions to spend at and look at freeing up more money with cuts, which could begin on Monday, the day after Super Bowl LII.On Feb. 20, teams can begin designating franchise or transition tags on players.Looking ahead to what the Cardinals are planning to lose or gain there and in free agency will help explain any moves in the next month leading up to March 14. Here is a rundown of Arizona’s unrestricted, restricted and exclusive rights free agents with their position, age and 2017 salary (via Spotrac). Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 4 Comments Share Top Stories center_img DL Xavier Williams (25) $527,667Exclusive free agents (8)What is an exclusive rights free agent?: Like restricted free agents, exclusive rights free agents are in the NFL three years or less but if lost will not be compensated for. Arizona must offer a minimum salary tender by March 14 to retain negotiating rights with exclusive free agents, otherwise those players become unrestricted free agents.CB Ronald Zamort (26) $465,000OT John Wetzel (26) $540,000DL Olsen Pierre (26) $540,000RB Elijhaa Penny (24) $465,000OT Vinston Painter (28) $540,000C/G Daniel Munyer (25) $465,000TE Ifeanyi Momah (28) $495,000S C.J. Goodwin (27) $495,000 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals defensive end Frostee Rucker (92) celebrates a New York Giants missed field goal during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more