What can teams do during this three-day negotiation period?

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on March 9, 2013 – 12:08 am

The new three-day negotiating period leading up to free agency has begun.

During this span (after 11:59:59 p.m. ET Friday, March 8, until 3:59:59 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 12), teams are permitted to contact and enter into negotiations with the agents of players who will become unrestricted free agents upon the start of the new league year.

A contract cannot be executed with a new team until 4:00 p.m. ET on March 12, however.

Other stipulations:

  • Prospective unrestricted free agents cannot speak with team representatives directly – only agents can speak with employees or representatives of interested teams (self-represented players must wait until the free agent signing period begins on Tuesday).
  • Teams cannot discuss or make travel arrangements with prospective unrestricted free agents, their agents, or anyone associated with that player until the signing period begins on Tuesday.
  • The negotiation period applies to unrestricted free agents only. It does not apply to exclusive rights players, restricted free agents, or players designated as franchise or transition players.

Read more facts regarding the free agent signing period

Posted in DetroitLions.com Blog | 10 Comments »

10 Responses to “What can teams do during this three-day negotiation period?”

  1. By Kyle Lavelle on Mar 9, 2013 | Reply

    Jake Long!!! Please, at least talk to the guy about whether or not he would be interested in playing for our LIONS who are contenders for the Championship. He said just two days ago on ESPN’s NFL Live that he wants to be with a team that wants Championships, and a place where his family can make a home. Long is a Michigan man through and through, and he grew up a loyal LIONS fan. Long playing for the LIONS would be a dream come true. Please, at least call the 4 time Pro Bowler and see if he might consider a long term contract. GOOOOOOOO LIONS!!!

  2. By Hank - Riverview on Mar 9, 2013 | Reply

    Please check your dates,

    Friday was March 8th.
    Saturday is March 9th.

    Hank H. – riverview

  3. By Thomas V on Mar 9, 2013 | Reply

    What’s one sec? Anyway, I see all the new toys for the lions using the free-agent tracker. Lots of good DB’S AND SAFETIES. I see a ton if guys that would upgrade us over what we’ve got now. I say clean house and upgrade. Also, BARDEN is available at WR. He would be cheap to sign, is 6’6″ tall and can fly. Get that guy to play across from Johnson and play whoever is healthy in the slot. He would be awesome in 4 wide too.

  4. By simms on Mar 9, 2013 | Reply

    Hopefully delmas the cry baby will be on a train to somewhere so he can pull his “i am hurt” again routine! Your a punk Delmas

  5. By You Know Detroit? on Mar 9, 2013 | Reply

    Lets get it!

  6. By Rich Williams on Mar 9, 2013 | Reply

    Every NFL player goes through a injury, Stafford spent first 2 years spending a lot of time on the sidelines. Do you want to put him on a train as well? DELMAS is a game changer when he is on the field and injuries are in the past. He makes our pathetic defense better when he is there. The Lions would be dumb to allow him to hit free agency. He is a leader in the locker room and a great person off the field. Do it right Lions get this guy signed.

  7. By Chrissie Wywrot on Mar 9, 2013 | Reply

    Thank you, Hank – fixed.

  8. By dmick on Mar 9, 2013 | Reply


    Why don’t you give Avril an incentive contract. 8 million a year up to 10 sacks. 250,000.00 for every sack after 10 sacks.

    1. 10 sacks 8 million
    2. 14 sacks 8 million and 1 million in bonus…. total 9 million
    3. 18 sacks 8 million and 2 million in bonus…. total 10 million
    4. 22 sacks 8 million and 3 million in bonus…..total 11 million

  9. By Black Wolf Standing on Mar 9, 2013 | Reply

    @dmick: Lions management only tried one thing. They never listened to what Avril wanted or suggested. Hummm…. I don’t even think Avril believes me.

    I am 100% sure the Lions tried everything except to blow up the Lions cap. Pretty much I am sure Avril presented the Lions with what he could live with and refused any counter offers. Besides, we don’t nee him.

    If we draft the top DE prospect with our #5 pick and get Connor Barwin, we easily could have 20 sacks between them for less money than what Avril is asking.

    So, if you are trying to buy sacks, there’s a much cheaper way to do it than keeping Avril.

  10. By Shane Fountain on Mar 9, 2013 | Reply

    finally wolf gets it someone on here that is not tryn to throw the 5th pick on a O lineman

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