Seahawks 2023 free agent tracker: Who’s coming and going in Seattle

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Who are the Seattle Seahawks 2023 Restricted Free Agents and Exclusive Rights Free Agents?

Per the NFL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, a restricted free agent (RFA) is any NFL veteran [that reaches the end of his contract] with three accrued seasons but not four accrued seasons of service (Note: I go to quickly look up the definition of “accrued”). An RFA is offered a qualifying offer by his current team and the current team has a right of first refusal and might receive a draft selection as compensation if the player signs a contract with a new team.

This one hurts a player like Ryan Neal who has been really good for a couple of seasons but has not yet reached a third full year. Neal was actually the highest-graded safety in the NFL in 2022, per Pro Football Focus (subscription required). He will have to wait for a bigger payday until next offseason.

An exclusive rights free agent (ERFA) is any NFL veteran [who reaches the end of his contract] with less than three accrued seasons. A rookie (meaning a first-year player), second, and third-year player each fall into this category. If a player is offered a contract by his current team, he must sign it or not play anywhere else.

Here is the list of current RFAs and ERFAs for Seattle:

Myles Adams (ERFA), defensive tackle (Tendered)

Penny Hart (RFA), wide receiver

Godwin Igwebuike (ERFA), safety/kick returner

Michael Jackson (ERFA), cornerback (Tendered)

Tony Jones (RFA), running back

Ryan Neal (RFA), safety (Update: Seattle has tendered Neal a contract giving the team the right of first refusal)

Jon Rhattigan (ERFA), linebacker (Tendered)

Cody Thompson (ERFA), wide receiver