There is still a long way to go before a new labor agreement is reached. But there appears to be progress between the owners and players.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted that the expectation is that any player with 4-6 years of experience with an expiring contract would become an unrestricted free agent. There are some interesting names in the AFC West that would be affected. ESPN Stats & Information prepared a free-agent primer. Listed below are key AFC West players who would be affected if Schefter’s expectation plays out:
6 or more seasons: Billy Volek
6 or more seasons: Darren Sproles
4 to 5 seasons: Laurence Maroney
4 to 5 seasons: Malcom Floyd
6 or more seasons: Randy McMichael
4 to 5 seasons: Zach Miller
6 or more seasons: Jamal Williams
6 or more seasons: Nnamdi Asomugha
San Diego’s Vincent Jackson, Kansas City’s Tamba Hali and Oakland’s Kamerion Wimbley were given the franchise tag. Schefter expects the franchise tag to be part of a new deal. Wimbley has already signed his tender, while Jackson and Hali haven’t.