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List of Kansas City Chiefs Free Agents in 2017

Posted Feb 15, 2017

Here is the list of guys not currently under contract past the 2016 league year

As the Kansas City Chiefs prepare for an offseason full of important decisions, here’s a look at all of the players scheduled to become free agents at the end of the 2016 league year (March 9).

It’s important to note that there are multiple types of free agents, and the charts below are broken down by unrestricted free agents, restricted free agents and exclusive rights free agents.

There’s a brief explanation on each of the designations and what they mean in simple terms, and also by how they’re officially defined in the latest Collective Bargaining Agreement.  

2017 Kansas City Chiefs Unrestricted Free Agents

Player

Pos

Notes

Eric Berry

DB

77 tackles, 4 INTs, 2 TDs, 1 FF in 2016

Dontari Poe

DL

27 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 1 FF, 2 TDs

Kendall Reyes

DL

15 tackles, 1 sack, 2 TFL, 196 snaps played

Mike Person

OL

Signed by the Chiefs on 11/2

Jarvis Jenkins

DL

5 tackles, 130 snaps played

Josh Mauga

LB

Did not play in 2016 (hip), made 30 starts between 2014-15

Knile Davis

RB

13 carries for 23 yards, 3 catches for 21 yards

UFA - What it means in a simple way: If these players don’t have a new contract signed by the time the new league year begins on March 9 at 3:00 p.m. CT, they are free to sign with another NFL team.

Here’s part of what the CBA has listed as the official definition of an unrestricted free agent (UFA):

“Any player with four or more Accrued Seasons shall, at the expiration of his Player Contract, become an Unrestricted Free Agent. Such player shall be completely free to negotiate and sign a Player Contract with any Club, and any Club shall be completely free to negotiate and sign a Player Contract with such player, without penalty or restriction, including, but not limited to, Draft Choice Compensation between Clubs or First Refusal Rights of any kind…”

2017 Kansas City Chiefs Restricted Free Agents
Player Pos Notes
Albert Wilson WR Appeared in all 16 games, caught 31 passes for 279 yards with 2 TDs
Cairo Santos K Converted 31 of 35 field goals, including going 8 of 9 from 40 yards
Daniel Sorensen DB Appeared in all 16 games, had 54 tackles, 1 sack, 3 INTs, 2 FF's, 4 TFL

RFA - What it means in a simple way: If these players don’t have a new contract signed by the time the new league year begins on March 9 at 3:00 p.m. CT, the Chiefs can put a qualifying offer on them, or ‘tender’ them at a specific round of the draft, and that player can then negotiate with other teams if they wish. If the Chiefs decide not to match another other club’s offer, they will receive a draft pick in the round that player was tendered.

Here’s what the CBA has to say about the definition of a restricted free agent (RFA):

“Any Veteran player with three Accrued Seasons, but less than four Accrued Seasons shall, at the expiration of his last Player Contract during such period, become a Restricted Free Agent. Any such player shall be completely free to negotiate and sign a Player Contract with any Club, and any Club shall be completely free to negotiate and sign a Player Contract with any such player…

“Qualifying Offers. In order to receive the following specified Rights of First Refusal and/or Draft Choice Compensation with respect to a Restricted Free Agent, the Prior Club of a Restricted Free Agent must tender the player a Qualifying Offer on or before the first date of the Restricted Free Agent Signing Period…”

2017 Kansas City Chiefs Exclusive Rights Free Agents

Player

Pos

Notes

Kenny Cook

WR

Placed on Injured Reserve on 6/18

Trey Millard

RB

Placed on Injured Reserve on 8/31

ERFA - What it means in a simple way: If these players get a contract offer from the Chiefs by March 9 at 3:00 p.m. CT, they will stay with the Chiefs or sit out the year.

Here’s what the CBA has to say about the definition of an exclusive rights free agent (ERFA):

“Any Veteran with less than three Accrued Seasons (Accrued season = active on six or more regular season games) whose contract has expired may negotiate or sign a Player Contract only with his Prior Club, if before the first day of the League Year after the expiration of his contract, his Prior Club tenders the player a one year Player Contract with a Paragraph 5 Salary of at least the Minimum Active/Inactive List Salary applicable to that player. A player receiving such a Tender shall be known as an “Exclusive Rights Player.

“If the Prior Club has not by that date made the Required Tender or later withdraws such Tender, the player shall be completely free to negotiate and sign a Player Contract with any Club, and any Club shall be completely free to negotiate and sign a Player Contract with such player, without any penalty or restriction, including, but not limited to, Draft Choice Compensation between Clubs or First Refusal Rights of any kind, or any signing period.”

For a reference of important offseason dates, including franchise tag deadlines, the NFL Scouting Combine and all offseason workouts, check out our Important Offseason Dates Page.

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