2012 NFL Free Agency Questions & Answers

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Q.  When does the 2012 free agency signing period begin?

A.  At 4:00 PM ET on Tuesday, March 13.         

Q.  What are the categories of free agency?

A.  Players are either “restricted” or “unrestricted” free agents.  Within the categories are also “franchise” and “transition” players.

Q.  What is the time period for free agency signings this year?

A.  For restricted free agents, from March 13 to April 20.  For unrestricted free agents who have received the June 1 tender from their prior Club, from March 13 to July 22 (or the first scheduled day of the first NFL training camp, whichever is later).  For franchise players, from March 13 until the Tuesday following the 10th week of the regular season, November 13.  If a franchise player does not sign by November 13, he must sit out the season.  There are no transition player designations this year.

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