Cofield Speaks About Lockout And Free Agency




Barry Cofield was supposed to be an unrestricted free agent. He was supposed to be in line for a hefty raise. Instead, the Giants defensive tackle’s hopes of a big payday are disappearing as the league’s labor dispute wears on and he is growing frustrated.

“I don’t know if I could be happy coming to work knowing that I should have been a free agent twice,” Cofield said at a Founders Dinner for the Chabad Center of Jewish Discovery in Manhattan Thursday.

Much like last summer, Cofield is poised to cash in on a good year. But the labor dispute is destroying his chances. If the lockout is lifted but players and owners cannot agree on a new CBA, many players – including Cofield and teammate Steve Smith – are starting to believe they will play under last year’s labor rules.

“They might not get a full-fledged CBA done,” he said.

That hurts Cofield. Under the old CBA, players were eligible to become unrestricted free agents after their fourth year, a guideline that Cofield met last summer. He hoped to explore free agency, but last year’s labor rules added two years to the free agency requirements, forcing Cofield to accept the Giants’ one-year tender offer ($1.7 million).


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One Response to Cofield Speaks About Lockout And Free Agency

  1. Joe Gilliotti says:

    You are one of my favorite players,so I really don’t want to see you go. I would miss (Tazerman) ,but if you do go I will be waiting to see you in action. Long time Giant fan (70yrs old)

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