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.
- 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.
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