Let the tampering begin...
Well, it isn't considered tampering anymore, since the NFL now allows organizations to talk numbers with potential free agents two days before the start of NFL Free Agency, but today, Monday March 7th at 12 p.m. EDT, marks the unofficial start of free agency.
So, what can teams do during this two-day tampering period? Simple. Teams are able to begin contacting the agents of players slated to become unrestricted free agents and enter into contract negotiations during the two-day period that ends at the start of free agency.
However, there are rules here organizations have to follow. No contracts can be executed with a new club until the start of free agency on Wednesday, March 9, at 4 p.m.
Also, players set to become unrestricted free agents are not permitted to visit a team, other than the one they are currently with, at their facility or meet anywhere. There also isn't any direct contact permitted between pending free agents and teams, other than their own, which would include not being able to talk to a player who represents himself. No travel arrangements for a free agent's future visit can be made during the three-day period until their contracts expire on March 9.
Consider this time period the teaser before the big kahuna starts when Free Agency officially kicks off on the 9th at 4:00 p.m EDT.