In an attempt to curb all the illegal tampering that always happens in the days leading up to the start of free agency, the NFL has just decided to make it legal.
So tonight at midnight, teams are free to start talking to agents of unrestricted free agents (but not players themselves) and to begin to negotiate contracts. Nothing can be finalized however, until the official start of free agency on Tuesday at 4pm.
At that point players are allowed to talk to teams, visit them and sign contracts.
But for all intents and purposes, the mad dash begins tonight and no one knows exactly what to expect. Certainly we'll hear rumors leaking out, but will guys agree to deals in principle? Will we see the same flurry activity at midnight as we typically do?
[Note by JasonB, 03/08/13 10:30 PM EST ] Looks like there will be no news of a "deal in principle"
"Clubs are advised that prior to the beginning of the new League Year it is impermissible for a club to enter into an agreement of any kind, express or implied, oral or written, or promises, undertakings, representations, commitments, inducements, assurances of intent or understandings of any kind concerning the terms or conditions of employment offered to, or to be offered to, any prospective Unrestricted Free Agent for inclusion in a Player Contract after the start of the new League Year. Any announcement of an agreement or an agreement in principle by a club or another party, including, but not limited to, a certified agent, player, or media organization may subject the club to a tampering investigation."
We'll find out. Chat about it and share anything you here in this thread.