Free agency effectively begins Saturday, with the official bell going off at 4:00 Eastern on Tuesday, March 12th. There are questions being lobbed at us from all angles, and although things may seem simple on the surface, we employed our friends over at NFL Media to deliver a laundry list of FAQs....
Q. What is permitted during the new three-day negotiating period prior to the start of free agency?A. Beginning at 12:00 midnight ET on Saturday, March 9 (i.e., after 11:59:59 p.m. ET, on Friday, March 8) and ending at 3:59:59 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 12, clubs are permitted to contact, and enter into negotiations with, the certified agents of players who will become Unrestricted Free Agents upon the expiration of their 2012 Player Contracts at 4:00 p.m. ET on March 12. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 4:00 p.m. ET on March 12.
During this negotiation period, a prospective Unrestricted Free Agent cannot visit a club (other than the player?s current club) at its permanent facility or at any other location, and no direct contact is permitted between the player and any employee or representative of a club (other than the player?s current club). If a player is self-represented, clubs are prohibited from discussions with the player during the negotiating period.