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A high-stakes game of chicken

For the restricted free agents who refuse to sign tenders, cut in pay a real possibility

Originally Published: May 18, 2010
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

With the clock ticking toward a June 15 deadline, nearly four dozen restricted free agents are playing a nervy game of chicken with their respective NFL teams.

And no matter who blinks first, the stakes are high, both from a financial and emotional standpoint.

As of Monday evening, 45 restricted free agents have yet to sign their one-year qualifying offers for the 2010 season. Those qualifying offers, which range from $1.01 million to $3.268 million depending on a player's tenure ...

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