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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Other Words from free agent

free agency noun

Examples of free agent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Like Staal, Johansson has only one season remaining on his contract before becoming a free agent, but Johansson carries a steeper cap hit at $4.5 million compared with Staal’s $3.25 million. Sarah Mclellan, Star Tribune, "Wild trades center and fan favorite Eric Staal to Buffalo," 17 Sep. 2020 Gordon Hayward was a free agent in the 2017 offseason, interviewed with the Heat, Celtics and Jazz, and then made the decision to join his college coach, Brad Stevens, in Boston. Ira Winderman,, "ASK IRA: How does Tyler Herro’s All-Rookie snub look now?," 16 Sep. 2020 Harrell is a free agent after this season, and Leonard and George can be free agents in 2021. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Kawhi Leonard sees one reason for LA Clippers' epic collapse vs. Denver Nuggets," 16 Sep. 2020 The former Miami Dolphins and Houston Texans star is a free agent after being cut by the New England Patriots ahead of the season. Jim Ayello, The Indianapolis Star, "Insider: With Marlon Mack out for the year, Jonathan Taylor steps into lead role," 15 Sep. 2020 Finding Eubanks a desirable spot is also a top priority for Rufail since Eubanks is a restricted free agent. Sean Collins, Dallas News, "A hectic Call of Duty League offseason awaits, but the Dallas Empire are sitting pretty on their throne," 11 Sep. 2020 Reid played for the Carolina Panthers in 2018 and 2019, but was released by the team in March and is currently a free agent. Allen Kim And Dan Kamal, CNN, "Colin Kaepernick returns to Madden as a playable character for the first time since 2016," 8 Sep. 2020 Derrick Favors is a free agent and is said to be extremely interested in returning. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, "The Triple Team: A 7-game series comes down to one play. After the loss, where do the Jazz go from here?," 2 Sep. 2020 Goodwin, 29, won't be a free agent until after the 2022 season. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, "Cincinnati Reds add reliever Archie Bradley, outfielder Brian Goodwin at MLB Trade Deadline," 31 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of free agent

1955, in the meaning defined above

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21 Sep 2020

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“Free agent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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free agent


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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