Two professional Call of Duty players on Red Reserve's CWL Pro League roster have announced that they're now restricted free agents, news that has caught many fans by surprise.
Zer0 and Skrapz announce free agency
On April 1, Trei 'Zer0' Morris and Matthew 'Skrapz' Marshall announced that they are now restricted free agents, and invited any teams or players that were interested in picking them up to reach out.
"I am now a restricted free agent," Zer0 tweeted. "If anyone want to sort something out let me know. I know the timing of this tweet looks like an April Fools tweet, but it isn't. I'm a restricted free agent looking for a new team, so if anyone is trying to run it up, bell my line."
I know the timing of this tweet looks like and april fools tweet but its isnt, im a restricted F/A looking for a new team, so if anyone is tryna run it up, bell my line
— treiboi carti (@TreiZer0) April 1, 2019
"Restricted free agent, my buyout is $10,000," Skrapz posted. "If you're interested and want to make something happen, message me on here or email me. This is not a troll. Thanks."
— skrapz (@skrapzg) April 1, 2019
Why this announcement was a surprise
Zer0 and Skrapz's announcement of free agency was largely unexpected because many were under the impression that Ben 'Bance' Bance would be the one leaving Red Reserve following their week of cross-divisional play in the CWL Pro League.
Following their 5-6th placing at CWL Fort Worth, Bance had announced that he was going to be a free agent. Of course, contrary to his claims, he ended up competing for Red Reserve in the fifth week of the Pro League, so his departure may not be so set in stone after all.
Of course, Bance could end up leaving the team as he had originally claimed, but the fact that Zer0 and Skrapz will also be out the door has come as a surprise to many.
What this means for their future
Set to part ways with Red Reserve, Zer0 and Skrapz will have to now try his best to land at a team that's in the CWL Pro League, or else they'll have to miss out on playing in the league and the pro tournaments at upcoming major events.
The pair will have to wait until April 5 before making any kind of move, however, as that is when the roster lock will get lifted for the second time.
Considering that their recent years of competing have been relatively successful, it would be hard to imagine either player not finding himself on a pro team following the roster change period.
Why Red Reserve is making changes
It appears that this next period of Rostermania will be a very important one for Red Reserve, who could see more than half of their roster replaced by the time things are said and done.
While the team is still fourth in Division A of the CWL Pro League, they haven't really shown any signs of being true contenders in any major competitions so far.
Their 1-3 record during this recent cross-divisional week saw their overall record dip below .500 at 5-6, and their last two major events saw them finish 9-12th at CWL Vegas and 5-6th at CWL Fort Worth.
As for who they plan on bringing in for Skrapz and Zer0 to finish off the season, fans will just have to wait until after April 5 to see.