2014 NFL Free Agency Legal Tampering Period Starts Today

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

NFL free agency doesn't open until Tuesday, but starting today at 11 central agents for unrestricted free agents can start to negotiate with new teams.

The "legal tampering" period for NFL free agents is something that started last year.  It is a 3-day window for the agents of unrestricted free agents to negotiate with different NFL teams.  No contract can be signed during this period, and the player himself cannot talk to a new team, but the agent is free to get the parameters of a deal done.  That is why you saw Andy Levitre sign with the Titans so quickly after free agency began last year.

Here is what the NFL rules say about the contact that is permitted in these next few days:

Beginning at 12:00 noon ET on Saturday, March 8 and ending at 3:59:59 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 11, 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 2013 player contracts at 4:00 p.m. ET on March 11. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 4:00 p.m. ET on March 11.

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.

Clubs (other than the player's current club) may not discuss or make any travel arrangements with prospective unrestricted free agent players, their certified agents, or anyone else associated with the player until the expiration of those players' 2013 Player Contracts at 4:00 p.m. ET on March 11.

The three-day negotiating period applies only to potential unrestricted free agents; it does not apply to players who are potential Exclusive Rights Players or Restricted Free Agents, or to players who have been designated as Franchise Players or Transition Players.

What agents should the Titans be talking with in the next few days?

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