The advent of free agency was seen as a vast leap forward for the rights of NFL players in the early 1990s. It afforded them the opportunities to shop their wares around the league and decide for themselves for whom they would work, with the market determining their value.
That does not mean, however, that every player who hits free agency feels the need to take the biggest offer thrown at them and leave their team. There are stories every year of players electing to take less money to stay with the team that signed them.
Players don’t necessarily have to take less, however, to remain with their teams, but it just emphasizes a point that can be easily lost during the frenzy of the free agency period: it is a period equally important for teams in retaining their own players. Here is a list of players that opted to stay put after hitting the open market today.
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