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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free agency noun

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Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert says the team will not place a transition or franchise tag on Bell, meaning the star running back will become a free agent next month. Will Graves, The Seattle Times, "Steelers won’t tag Bell; will explore trade for Brown," 20 Feb. 2019 The Washington Post reported Howard will give up $5 million of his $23.5 million salary for next season to become a free agent, rather than join the rebuilding Nets. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "If Dwight Howard accepted a $5 million buyout, did Charlotte Hornets make right move?," 7 July 2018 Mike Moustakas and Adrian Beltre, free agents at season’s end, will be shopped by the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers, respectively. Scott Lauber,, "Matt Klentak, Phillies will be buyers at trade deadline for the first time in his tenure," 3 July 2018 The team eventually exercised Hillard’s two-way player qualifying offer, making him a restricted free agent, meaning the Spurs retain Hilliard’s rights. Jabari Young, San Antonio Express-News, "Off-topic: Darrun Hilliard," 30 June 2018 When Hanson became a free agent last winter, his agent, Daniel Szew, worked to land him in San Francisco, understanding the team’s need for athleticism. Henry Schulman, San Francisco Chronicle, "In Alen Hanson, Giants scored an infielder with potential to bloom," 21 May 2018 Demps also signed Rondo, a wily veteran free agent, to a one-year deal last summer. Ron Higgins,, "The end should just be the beginning for the New Orleans Pelicans," 9 May 2018 In addition to the success of the undrafted free agents, Samford has had five players drafted in the last 13 years, and four in the last seven years. Samford Athletics,, "Samford's undrafted players hope to emulate former players' recent NFL success," 29 Apr. 2018 The Bucks have until 11:59 p.m. Central to pull their qualifying offer, which would make Parker an unrestricted free agent. K.c. Johnson,, "Bulls on the verge of signing Jabari Parker," 13 July 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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