NFL free agency is UNofficially scheduled to begin today, Monday, March 15 at 12:00 PM Eastern. In a naive attempt to curb all the illegal tampering that goes on before free agency, the NFL has decided to designate a legal tampering period for the ninth year in a row. Actual NFL free agency does not officially begin until Wednesday, March 17 at 4:00 PM Eastern.
Here are the important things to remember regarding legal tampering:
• Agents can negotiate numbers and agree to terms, but players can not actually officially sign contracts. Hence why we sometimes see players back out of deals. (See: Eagles legend Frank Gore.)
• Teams can talk to agents, not directly with players.
• Players can’t visit other teams’ facilities.
• The window only applies to unrestricted free agents, not restricted free agents or exclusive-rights free agents.
The following Philadelphia Eagles players can begin negotiating with other teams at noon today since they’re set to be unrestricted free agents:
OT Jason Peters
S Jalen Mills
QB Nate Sudfeld
CB Nickell Robey-Coleman
DE Vinny Curry
DT Hassan Ridgeway
TE Richard Rodgers
CB Cre’Von LeBlanc
LB Duke Riley
RB Corey Clement
S Rudy Ford
LB Nathan Gerry
P Cameron Johnston
TE Josh Perkins
The Eagles can also begin negotiating with free agents from other teams starting at noon. Here’s a handy list of 38 players with connections to Philly. Obviously, the Eagles aren’t expected to be super aggressive spenders due to their limited cap situation.