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2013 NFL Free Agency: New Rules For “Legal Tampering”

The pre-Free Agency tampering period starts tonight.

The Broncos would like "Big Vick" to return in 2013
The Broncos would like "Big Vick" to return in 2013
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The 2013 NFL Free Agency period is nearly upon us, meaning, the football season is that much close. Tonight the "legal tampering" period precursor to Free Agency begins. This is when teams and agents can start to negotiate contracts, 3 days ahead of Free Agency. Every single NFL team used to break the tampering rules each year, so the league just went ahead and changed the rules, making it legal to "tamper" in this period. Here is the gist of it.

When: The legal tampering period starts at on Friday night at 10:00 p.m. (Mile High Time) and ends at 2:00 p.m. (Mile High Time) on Tuesday.

Who: Teams can contact the agents for players but not the players themselves. Players without agents can not negotiate with teams. This applies to unrestricted free agents only. Not restricted free agents or exclusive rights free agents. See the full list of Broncos free agents below.

What: Teams can not execute contracts with player agents. They can negotiate and set the parameters for a deal, but they can not actually execute the contracts until free agency starts at 2:00 p.m. (Mile High Time) on Tuesday.

Where: Nowhere. As in, players can not meet with teams until Tuesday. Agents can talk but visits can't happen until Tuesday. The 2013 League Year and Free Agency period begins at 2:00 p.m. (Mile High Time).

2013 Denver Broncos Unrestricted Free Agents and their 2012 Salary

  • C Dan Koppen...$825K
  • WR Brandon Stokley...$925K
  • WR Matthew Willis...$1.26M
  • DE Jason Hunter...$700K
  • DT Kevin Vickerson...$1.2M
  • DT Justin Bannan...$1M
  • DT Ty Warren...$1.25M
  • LB Keith Brooking...$1M
  • CB Tracy Porter...$3M
  • S David Bruton...$615K
  • S Jim Leonhard...$825K

More: Follow the 2013 free agent market with SB Nation

MHR will have an Open Thread this evening and also track the rumors that concern our beloved Broncos throughout the weekend. Of course, I don't expect an instant plunge by Denver's Front Office, so don't look for instant gratification in the first few minutes of Free Agency. John Elway and company have been methodical in the past and I don't think that will change.

Go Broncos!

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