free agent

noun

Definition of free agent 

: a professional athlete (such as a baseball player) who is free to negotiate a contract with any team

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Gruden said the Redskins would be bringing in a couple of unemployed quarterbacks for workouts later Tuesday and then would decide among them and those street free agents that tried out last month when Sanchez was signed. Howard Fendrich, The Seattle Times, "Redskins coach Jay Gruden says team ‘discussed’ Kaepernick," 5 Dec. 2018 With his decision to step down after seven years at Ohio State, Meyer instantly became the biggest free agent in college sports. Brian Costa, WSJ, "Urban Meyer Just Became the Biggest Free Agent in College Sports," 4 Dec. 2018 Perhaps the most notable example of this occurred in the 1980s when players filed grievances against Major League Baseball, arguing that the league had restricted free agents. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "Colin Kaepernick’s collusion grievance against the NFL, explained," 6 Sep. 2018 The Heat, who have never operated under a hard cap, already have $120 million in salary commitments for next season, a figure that does not include impending free agents Wayne Ellington and Wade. Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "LeBron heads west, signing with Lakers, no longer a Heat conference rival," 2 July 2018 Since early 2017, Colin has been a free agent and hasn't played professional football. Nicole Weaver, Teen Vogue, "Rihanna Reportedly Declined to Perform at the Super Bowl Halftime Show to Support Colin Kaepernick," 19 Oct. 2018 Jones, who last played for the Cincinnati Bengals after being drafted by the Tennessee Titans in 2005, is currently a free agent. PEOPLE.com, "NFL Star Pacman Jones Knocks Down Airport Worker Who Attacked Him on Video," 12 July 2018 Realmuto won’t be a free agent for another two seasons, making him one of baseball’s most valuable assets. Matthew Defranks, Sun-Sentinel.com, "As trade deadline nears for Marlins, team won't 'do anything rash, nothing emotional,' Michael Hill says," 11 July 2018 The 34-year-old has been a free agent since the Red Sox released him on June 1. Evan Allen, BostonGlobe.com, "Hanley Ramirez not under federal investigation; friend dropped his name hoping to avoid arrest," 24 June 2018

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First Known Use of free agent

1955, in the meaning defined above

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free agent

noun

English Language Learners Definition of free agent

: a person who is able to act freely without being controlled by someone else

: a professional athlete (such as a baseball player) who is free to sign a contract to play for any team

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