No free ride

Pity the poor player who hopes to cash in on free agency in 2010

Originally Published: April 29, 2009
By Seth Wickersham | ESPN The Magazine

This article originally appeared in the May 4 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

Barry Cofield rolled his eyes the other day as his fellow Giants went on about how rich he'll be after next season. The way they see it, the 25-year-old defensive tackle will be a free agent entering his prime, and that equation just added up to $41M guaranteed for Albert Haynesworth. Plus, with the owners having opted out of the CBA last May, 2010 will be an uncapped year. Jackpot.

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Larry French/Getty ImagesCofield deserves top dollar for anchoring a D-line that gave up only 95.8 rushing ypg.

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ESPN The Magazine senior writer
Seth Wickersham joined ESPN The Magazine after graduating from the University of Missouri. Although he primarily covers the NFL, his assignments also have taken him to the Athens Olympics, the World Series, the NCAA tournament and the NHL and NBA playoffs.