Understanding The Steelers 2010 Restricted Free Agents & Tender Amounts

I wanted to clarify a few things for my readers regarding the 2010 Restricted Free Agents for the Steelers. First off, the Steelers have 6 restricted free agents and 1 Exclusive Rights Free Agent. The Exclusive Rights player is linebacker Patrick Bailey and he only has 2 accrued seasons, meaning the Steelers can keep him by offering him the minimum salary for a 3rd year player and he must accept the offer. The other Restricted Free Agents are then gauged by their accrued seasons. An accrued season is defined by a player having 6 or more regular-season games on a club’s active/inactive roster, reserved-injured or physically unable to perform lists. The Steelers have 1 Restricted Free Agent with 4 accrued seasons being tackle Willie Colon and 5 Restricted Free Agent with 3 accrued seasons.

POSPLAYERDRAFTEDSTATUSSEASONS
LBPatrick Bailey2008 UndraftedEFA2
TWillie Colon2006 Round 4RFA4
RBCarey Davis2004 UndraftedRFA3
CBWilliam Gay2007 Round 5RFA3
PDaniel Sepulveda2007 Round 4RFA3
TEMatt Spaeth2007 Round 3RFA3
GDarnell Stapleton2007 UndraftedRFA3

The chart below shows the amounts the Steelers can tender these players for seasons accrued and the compensation received if the player signs elsewhere for more money. Take for example, Colon. Should the Steelers place the highest tender on him, they would have to pay him $3,168,000 in 2010. Should another team offer Colon a better deal and sign him, the Steelers would receive that teams 1st and 3rd round draft picks in 2011 as compensation. If the player was undrafted like Darnell Stapleton and the Steelers tendered him at the lowest level of $1,101,000 a season. The Steelers would have the right to match any higher offer made by another team or receive no compensation as Stapleton went undrafted.

Player with FOUR Accrued Seasons
Tender amount Compensation required
$3,168,000*First- and third-round draft picks
$2,521,000*First-round draft pick
$1,759,000*Second-round draft pick
$1,176,000*Determined by RFA\’s original draft status
*or 110% of player’s 2009 Paragraph 5 Salary, whichever is greater
Player with THREE Accrued Seasons
Tender amount Compensation required
$3,043,000*First- and third-round draft picks
$2,396,000*First-round draft pick
$1,684,000*Second-round draft pick
$1,101,000*Determined by RFA\’s original draft status
*or 110% of player’s 2009 Paragraph 5 Salary, whichever is greater

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