When Does 2017 NFL Free Agency Begin?
With the Super Bowl behind us, it is time for everyone to look ahead to the off season. NFL Free Agency is one of the first big events of the off season. When does the chaos begin?
NFL free agency is a fast and furious process where teams bid big money on players who they think can take them over the top. Spending big in free agency is typically not the best way to build a team, but it is a great way to fill holes that your team may have throughout the roster.
The 2017 NFL free agency class expects to have some interesting names. Will guys like Eric Berry and Le’Veon Bell reach the open market? The quarterback class figures to be thin, but that could drastically change if the Washington Redskins decide to move on from Kirk Cousins.
No matter what happens, there figures be a lot of top-tier defensive talent available. It will be extremely interesting to see where these NFL stars land during the free agency period.
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With the Super Bowl in the past, the NFL free agency period is just about one month away. The start of the actual free agency period is on Thursday, March 9 at 4 p.m. ET. That is when teams can officially start coming together on agreements.
That being said, the “legal tampering period” begins on March 7. That is when teams are allowed to speak discuss details with the free agents. Expect to know where a lot of major free agents are going during that tampering period. Secrets are typically not kept well in the NFL.
According to Over the Cap, the Cleveland Browns ($97 million) and San Francisco 49ers ($80 million) have the most cap space in the entire league. The Browns and 49ers are both clearly in rebuilding situations and will probably have to spend big to get a major free agent to come to their team.
The Super Bowl champion New England Patriots are also sitting well against the cap. The Patriots have the fourth-most cap space in the entire NFL with over $65 million available this offseason. The Patriots have an opportunity to make an already great team even better in NFL Free Agency.