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Restricted players can cash in

The Redskins made a splash in the restricted FA market last offseason. Will it happen again?

Updated: March 3, 2004, 4:23 PM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

After the Redskins raided the Jets for restricted free agents Laveranues Coles and Chad Morton last year, it was going to be interesting to see how NFL teams protected their own restricted free agents this signing season.

Teams have several options to protect their players against raids during the restricted free agency period, which opens Wednesday and lasts until mid-April.

The most effective protection is simply to re-sign the player to a long-term deal before free agency even starts. ...

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