Bears' free agents brace for lockout

Updated: March 2, 2011, 9:46 PM ET
By Jeff Dickerson | ESPNChicago.com

Free agents across the NFL are stuck in a state of limbo.

Until a new CBA is reached, veteran players coming out of contract with six or more accrued seasons of service cannot sign with new teams. Young players whose deals expired following the past season with fewer than six accrued seasons must wait and see what type of language is present in the new CBA regarding the amount of service time necessary to qualify for unrestricted free agency.

Before the uncapped year of 2010, ...

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