It's essentially only a procedural move usually not exercised, and that was the case again this year for 172 unsigned unrestricted free agents as of June 1.
The free-agency signing period for unrestricted free agents technically
lasts until July 22, and teams are able to tender their unsigned UFAs
on June 1 if they want to have exclusive signing rights to those
players after July 22.
Teams rarely exercise those tenders and that was the case again this
year as none of the 172 players received the qualifying offer. That
total includes several players that have previously announced their
retirement. It also includes running back Justin Forsett (Seahawks) and
cornerback Alan Ball (Cowboys), who have signed with the Houston Texans, and safety Abram Elam (Cowboys), signed by the Kansas City Chiefs, all after June 1.
There were 427 players that began the league year in March as
unrestricted free agents. The 172 unsigned players do not include
Of some importance is that non-tendered UFAs who sign with new teams
after June 1 do not count as players lost when compensatory draft picks
are allocated next March.
Following are the adjusted 169 non-tendered UFAs, not including
Forsett, Ball and Elam:
Arizona Cardinals: S Hamza Abdullah; LB Clark Haggans; DE Vonnie Holliday; OT Brandon Keith; CB Joey Porter; RB
Chester Taylor; OG Floyd Womack.
Atlanta Falcons: OT Kirk Chambers; TE Reggie Kelly;
LB Mike Peterson; G/C Brett Romberg.
Baltimore Ravens: C/G Andre Gurode; LB Edgar Jones;
TE Kris Wilson.
Buffalo Bills: CB Reggie Corner; LB Andra Davis; PK
Dave Rayner; LB Reggie Torbor.
Carolina Panthers: LB Omar Gaither; CB Cletis Gordon; TE Jeremy Shockey.
Chicago Bears: LS Chris Massey; WR Roy Williams.
Cincinnati Bengals: RB Cedric Benson; CB Kelly Jennings; LB Brandon Johnson; TE Bo Scaife; OG Bobbie Williams; S
Cleveland Browns: P Brad Maynard.
Dallas Cowboys: LB Keith Brooking; OG Derrick Dockery; OG Montrae Holland; QB Jon Kitna (retired); P Mat McBriar; RB
Sammy Morris; CB Frank Walker.
Denver Broncos: LS David Binn; G/C Russ Hochstein;
DT Marcus Thomas.
Detroit Lions: OG Leonard Davis; WR Rashied Davis;
LB Isaiah Ekejiuba; S Chris Harris; CB Brandon McDonald; RB Maurice Morris; WR Maurice Stovall.
Green Bay Packers: RB Ryan Grant; DL Howard Green.
Houston Texans: S Dominique Barber; DE Tim Bulman;
QB Jake Delhomme; QB Jeff Garcia; WR Bryant Johnson; OG Kasey Studdard;
P Matt Turk; RB Derrick Ward.
Indianapolis Colts: LB Kevin Bentley; DE Tyler Brayton; QB Kerry Collins; G/T Ryan Diem (retired); DT Eric Foster; LB
Jacksonville Jaguars: S C.C. Brown; CB David Jones;
QB Luke McCown; DE Matt Roth.
Kansas City Chiefs: RB Jackie Battle; TE Anthony Becht; DE Wallace Gilberry; NT Kelly Gregg; RB Thomas Jones; S Jon McGraw; OT Ryan O'Callaghan; S Sabby Piscitelli; WR Jerheme Urban; C
Miami Dolphins: LB Ikaika Alama-Francis; OG Vernon Carey; QB J.P. Losman; LB Jason Taylor (retired).
Minnesota Vikings: FS Husain Abdullah; LB Xavier Adibi; WR Greg Camarillo; LB E.J. Henderson; LS Matt Katula; TE Jim Kleinsasser (retried); OL Scott Kooistra; S Jarrad Page; CB Benny Sapp;
TE Visanthe Shiancoe.
New England Patriots: DE Andre Carter; DE Shaun Ellis; RB Kevin Faulk; S James Ihedigbo; CB Nathan Jones.
New Orleans Saints: DE Jeff Charleston; DT Aubrayo Franklin; TE John Gilmore; TE Tory Humphrey; T Pat McQuistan.
New York Giants: OL Stacy Andrews; DT Rocky Bernard;
CB Will Blackmon; WR Michael Clayton; S Deon Grant; DT Jimmy Kennedy; S
Derrick Martin; OT Kareem McKenzie; OL Tony Ugoh.
New York Jets: QB Mark Brunell; WR Plaxico Burress;
S Jim Leonhard; QB Kevin O'Connell; CB Donald Strickland; RB LaDainian Tomlinson.
Oakland Raiders: LB Darryl Blackstock; QB Kyle Boller; WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh; DE Jarvis Moss; CB Lito Sheppard.
Philadelphia Eagles: DE Victor Abiamiri; RB Ronnie Brown.
Pittsburgh Steelers: QB Dennis Dixon; NT Chris Hoke
(retired); CB Anthony Madison; RB Mewelde Moore; P Daniel Sepulveda; OT
St. Louis Rams: TE Billy Bajema; S James Butler; WR
Mark Clayton; QB A.J. Feeley; OL Adam Goldberg; CB Rod Hood; CB Justin King; T Mark LeVoir; RB Jerious Norwood; LB Brady Poppinga; TE Stephen Spach; WR Cadillac Williams; C Tony Wragge.
San Diego Chargers: LB Stephen Cooper; WR Patrick Crayton; LB Na'il Diggs; DL Tommie Harris; OT Tony Moll; G Scott
Mruczkowski; FS Paul Oliver; S Bob Sanders.
San Francisco 49ers: FB Moran Norris; TE Justin Peelle.
Seattle Seahawks: DE Raheem Brock; LB David Vobora;
DE Jimmy Wilkerson.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: RB Earnest Graham; DT Jovan Haye; S Sean Jones; CB Elbert Mack.
Tennessee Titans: LS Ken Amato; FB Ahmard Hall; S
Chris Hope; OG Jake Scott; S Anthony Smith.
Washington Redskins: WR David Anderson; CB Phillip Buchanon; LB Keyaron Fox; LB Rocky McIntosh
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