Free Agency Signing Period Begins; 532 Players Become Free Agents

The National Football League today announced that 532 players are free agents who now can negotiate with all 32 clubs. 

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

The time period for free agency signings in 2012:

  • Restricted Free Agents – March 13 to April 20.
  • Unrestricted Free Agents (who have received June 1 tender from prior club) – March 13 to July 22 (or the first scheduled day of the first NFL training camp, whichever is later).
  • Franchise Players – March 13 to November 13, the Tuesday following the 10th week of the regular season.
  • Transition Players – There are no transition player designations this year.

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For a Free Agency Q&A, click here

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