NFL rules for the new legal tampering period

Here are a few of the guidelines that teams must adhere to with the new three-day negotiating period this weekend:

  • Period starts at midnight on Saturday and ends at 3:59 p.m. on Tuesday. So, it’s actually about 8887 hours long (with daylight savings time begins this weekend);
  • Teams can only contact the agents and enter into negotiations. No contracts can be executed until free agency starts at 4 p.m. on Tuesday;
  • Teams can’t meet with players (other than the player’s current club) in any location, and there can be no direct contact between the player and another team;
  • Players who don’t have an agent, such as Ravens safety Ed Reed, can’t be contacted by another team;
  • No visits can be lined up until free agency starts at 4 p.m. Tuesday;
  • The three-day window only applies to potential unrestricted free agents. It excludes restricted free agents and franchise players.

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