February 8, 2011 - 12:54 PM
Here's the list of players in the AFC East whose contracts are set to expire in March and who have at least four years experience in the NFL. Up until the uncapped season in 2010, a player with four years of experience became an unrestricted free agent. In 2010 a player needed six years to hit unrestricted free agency. Of course, without a new labor deal there will be no start to the free agency season in March. So fans and teams may well have a long time to mull over these lists. And it's possible that the rules will change under a new labor deal. If there's an 18-game season, the players union may demand that a player hit full free agency after three years. The Jets have the biggest list of players with conracts expiring. The list was released by the NFL Players Association on Thursday.
Bills: Akin Ayodele (LB), Keith Ellison (LB), Drayton Florence (CB), Quinton Ganther (RB), John McCargo (DT), Paul Posluszny (LB), Donte Whitner (S), George Wilson (S), Mansfield Wrotto (OT), Ashton Youboty (CB).
Dolphins: Ronnie Brown (RB), Richie Incognito (G), Tony McDaniel (DT), Paul McQuistan (OL), Quentin Moses (DE), Chad Pennington (QB), Cory Procter (OL), Paul Soliai (NT), Tyler Thigpen (QB), Ricky Williams (RB).
Patriots: Kevin Faulk (RB), Shayne Graham (K), Matt Light (OT), Logan Mankins (G), Brandon McGowan (S), Sammy Morris (RB), Quinn Ojinnaka (OL), Jarrad Page (S), Fred Taylor (RB), Gerard Warren (DL), Tracy White (LB).
Jets: Kellen Clemens (QB), Drew Coleman (CB), Antonio Cromartie (CB), Braylon Edwards (WR), Shaun Ellis (DL), Nick Folk (K), David Harris (LB), Santonio Holmes (WR), Wayne Hunter (OL), James Ihedigbo (S), Lance Laury (LB), Brodney Pool (S), Trevor Pryce (DL), Tony Richardson (FB), Brad Smith (WR-KR), Eric Smith (S), Steve Weatherford (P).