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Confirming Kansas City Chiefs Restricted Free Agents

Back in February and March before the NFL lockout hit we were tracking the Kansas City Chiefs restricted free agents. (We've already looked at the unrestricted free agents.) According to various media reports, we were able to cobble this list of Chiefs restricted free agents over the past few months:

CB Maurice Leggett, TE Brad CottamDE Wallace Gilberry, CB Brandon Carr, OT Barry Richardson, FB Mike Cox and S Reshard Langford (Langford is an exclusive rights free agent).

The guys in parentheses were reportedly issued tenders by the Chiefs and the NFL has confirmed several of them in a release issued this evening:

Carr was issued a first-round tender. This means if any teams want to come get him they'll have to give up a contract the Chiefs don't match and a first round pick. As much as we like Carr, I don't see that happening so he should be safe.

Richardson and Gilberry received second round tenders. Again, I don't think anyone bites at those levels so the Chiefs should be able to keep those guys without a problem.

Cox was tendered at the right of first refusal level which basically means the Chiefs can match any deal he gets. Like the others, they should be able to keep him if they want to.

Langford is an exclusive rights free agent. We're not sure on Cottam's status and Langford was reportedly issued a tender before the lockout (but it's not really a tender since they have no negotiating rights. It's like a take-it-or-leave-it offer).

Leggett was not issued a tender by the Chiefs, according to the NFL's release.

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