The Kansas City Chiefs will hit the field again today for another practice and once again they are expected to be without safety Jarrad Page. He is now one of 37 RFAs in the NFL. Will he sign? When does have to sign by? Josh Looney gives all the details this morning.
June 1st is a key date in the NFL’s labor world. Today is the day that tender offers extended to RFAs expire. Following expiration, club’s now have the option to extend the tender offer and retain exclusive negotiating rights until Week 11 of the regular season. If re-issuing tender, teams are required to either extend the previous offer to their RFA or offer a contract at 110% of the previous year’s pay (whichever is greater). It a team opts not to re-issue a tender, the player then becomes an unrestricted free agent.
Most of the time, teams choose to re-issue tenders.
In Page’s case, the 110% rule is important because his reported 2010 tender offer exceeds 110% of what he earned in 2009.
For Page, and most of the other unsigned RFAs, June 15th is the next date to focus on.
On June 15th the Chiefs would have the option to withdraw the original offer to Page and replace it with a 110% offer (in Page’s situation, this would represent a reduced amount), yet still maintain exclusive negotiating rights. If the player then does not sign by Week 10, he cannot play in 2010.
As always, a great job from Looney explaining a very sticky situation.
If his next offer will be for less money and he really wants to stay in Kansas City, there’s no reason Page should spend another day at home.
And even if he is trying to force the team’s hand and get his release, I don’t imagine Scott Pioli will go that route. Instead the Chiefs are better served to tender him the reduced contract and force Page to play in Kansas City or sit out the entire season.