How can a player become a restricted free agent, as opposed to an unrestricted free agent?

An Unrestricted Free Agent is a player who is not under contract with any team. This player may sign a contract with any NFL team, and their previous team gets no compensation in any form. You become a UFA if you get cut, or if your contract runs out and you have at least four years of NFL experience.

A Restricted Free Agent is an NFL player who is not under contract, but has only three years or less of NFL experience

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