On the final day for restricted free agents to sign with a new team, three of the five remaining Chiefs RFAs signed their tender offers. QB Brodie Croyle, C Rudy Niswanger and OT Ryan O’Callaghan are all officially back with Kansas City for 2010.
Two Chiefs restricted free agents remain unsigned: LB Corey Mays and S Jarrad Page.
Unsigned tenders are not uncommon at this time of year. As of the beginning of this week, more than half the league’s restricted free agents have yet to sign their tenders. Post-April 15th, RFA’s become the sole property of their teams. Going forward, the only way for RFA’s to leave their old team is via trade.
Page, who remains unsigned, was the final of the Chiefs RFA’s to sign his tender a year ago. Page inked those papers on May 29th.
For those a bit confused with the RFA process, the next deadline to pay attention to is June 15th. RFA’s who don’t sign their tender by June 15th could see their 2010 salary reduced from their tendered amount to 110 percent of their 2009 salary. The June 15th deadline also means that RFA’s could skip most of the off-season program without facing penalty.
No surprises here. As well as Niswanger and O’Callaghan played last year, they weren’t worth anything near a second round pick. And even with the Chargers getting a a third round selection and the right to flip spots with the Seahawks in the second round, Croyle was never going to garner much interest around the league.
All three still could find themselves on another team via a trade, but I would expect to see them all with the Chiefs fighting for roster spots come training camp.