free agent


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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My biggest takeaway from going from an undrafted free agent to a starter in the National Football League is that hard work and a lot of prayer really pays off! Adam Turer,, "Catching up: Houston Texan, Mt. Healthy grad Heath on character, 'Be a giver, not a taker'," 6 July 2018 Summers earned 183 career tackles during his time in Storrs, and was picked up by the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent. Christopher Hanna,, "Three Huskies Nominated For American Athletic Conference Fifth Anniversary Team," 2 July 2018 Vedvik, a kicker/punter who signed with the Ravens as an undrafted free agent, posted an Instagram video of himself driving a ball from the 40-yard line inside the Under Armour Performance Center on Wednesday. Katherine Fominykh,, "Ravens undrafted kicker Kaare Vedvik blasts 70-yard field goal at training facility," 21 June 2018 The Panthers used fairly high draft picks on Daeshon Hall (third round, 2017) and Marquis Haynes (fourth round, 2018), while Bryan Cox Jr. flashed potential at times last season as an undrafted free agent. Joseph Person, charlotteobserver, "Minicamp is over, but 4 big Panthers position battles must be settled in Spartanburg," 15 June 2018 After college, Escribano signed a pro contract as an undrafted free agent but never got past Class-A ball, and his career ended due to an elbow injury. Walter Villa, miamiherald, "The key players on Coral Park's 1978 championship team," 7 June 2018 In 2008, the Angels signed pitcher Matt Shoemaker as an undrafted free agent for $10,000. Bill Shaikin,, "Pac-12 pitcher of the year Luke Heimlich goes undrafted, again," 6 June 2018 The 31-year-old Northern Iowa grad was signed as an undrafted free agent by Philadelphia in 2010 and saw action in four games during his rookie season. Stephen Holder, Indianapolis Star, "Colts add competition to offensive line, sign tackle Austin Howard," 9 May 2018 Moments after the draft ended, though, Piñeiro landed with the Raiders as an undrafted free agent to reunite him and Townsend. Edgar Thompson,, "Gators' specialists Johnny Townsend, Eddy Piñeiro end up with Oakland Raiders," 28 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of free agent

1955, in the meaning defined above

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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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