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free agent

1. A professional, especially an athlete, who is able to enter a contract with any organization without restrictions. The star quarterback will be a free agent when his contract ends after the season, and everyone expects him to sign with whatever team offers the most money.
2. By extension, a person who has no limitations placed on them by others, either professionally or socially. I just broke up with my girlfriend, so I'm a free agent again!
See also: free

free agent

1. A person not under compulsion or constraint, not responsible to any authority for his or her actions. For example, After he quit his job, he decided to pursue the same line of work as a free agent. Originally used to describe a person subject to the philosophic concept of free will (as opposed to determinism), this expression was first recorded in 1662. Later it was extended to mean "someone not under obligation to an authority."
2. A professional athlete who is free to sign a contract with any team. For example, After he was released from the Yankees, he was a free agent and could shop around for the team that offered the most money . [Second half of 1900s]
See also: free
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He, too, gave me the impression that he was not a free agent, as we talked I began to see that he was mentally superior to the average of his kind.
But as I was saying, no one to-day is a free agent.
In the deal, first reported by ESPN, Bailey gives the Red Sox a reliable ninth-inning guy to replace the departed Jonathan Papelbon, who signed a $50 million, four-year contract as a free agent with the Philadelphia Phillies in November.
After all, a player without the potential to change a division to some extent--that is, make his team more likely to win said division--would not be one that commands a multi-year deal as a free agent or a bounty of prospects in a trade.
The 29-year-old, a free agent in the summer, has opened talks about an end-of-season move.
The 29-year-old Holliday can be a free agent at the end of the 2009 season, and his current deal pays him $13.