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New CBA Will Move Free Agency Back to 4 Years

Multiple media sources are reporting some of the expected conditions of the next CBA after the owners met the last two days in Chicago.  None, of which is more important to Lions fans than the return of four years of service before a player is eligible for unrestricted free agency.

Under the uncapped year in 2010, only players with six years of service were eligible and that reduced the free agent crop by over 200 players.  With the return to four years, the 2011 free agent class will be the largest group in history.

This is great news for the Lions as they only have one high value player that will be eligible, CB Chris Houston, while increasing the available options at positions of need such as cornerback and linebacker. 

The franchise tag is also expected to remain in place, but there may potentially be changes to to salary structure or the number of times it can be applied.  The Lions are not expected to use the tag in 2011.


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