The NFL free agency period does not officially begin until Thursday but begins in earnest on Tuesday at noon, when the league's so-called "legal tampering" period begins. Though players can indicate their interest through their agents, they aren't allowed to sign free agent contracts with other teams until they are officially free agents on March 9 at 4 p.m. ET.
Rumored deals and pairing free agents with new teams will be rampant over the next two days.
Deals can not become official Thursday at 4:00 p.m. EST, but a 52-hour window of legal tampering is allowed until then.
When can free agents actually sign contracts with teams?
With free agency two days away, the Colts still have eight of their unrestricted free agents (after Mike Adams announced he would not be returning to the Colts) and three restricted free agents without new contracts.
Teams can not: (1) execute a player contract; (2) execute an agreement in principle "or similar document"; (3) announce that an agreement in principle or similar agreement has been reached; (4) violate the CBA provisions that relate to undisclosed contractual terms; (5) make travel arrangements for player visits; (6) communicate with the player even if he does not have an agent.
Free agency is almost here. We've broken down the Lions' current roster as it stands, their impending free agents and their options to create cap space.