NFL's 'Legal Tampering' Period Begins

Posted Mar 12, 2018

Teams and agents may now begin discussing the parameters of potential contracts for players who will be free agents as of the new league year on March 14.

Let the tampering begin. Legally, that is.

On Monday at 9 a.m. pacific, teams were able to begin negotiating with agents on potential contracts for unrestricted free agents — more commonly known as the “legal tampering” period for pending free agents. However, players cannot meet with teams themselves and contracts cannot be fully executed until the new league year begins on Wednesday at 1 p.m. PDT.

This practice started in 2013, and the fairly oxymoronic “legal tampering” moniker essentially came with it. Over the next few days, many players will be linked to various teams via media reports — even though the players aren’t able to talk with coaches about potential scheme fits.

But this does mean that the Rams’ pending unrestricted free agents may be linked to other teams in the coming days. For reference, here’s a list of all pending UFAs from Los Angeles’ 2017 roster.

OLB Connor Barwin
TE Derek Carrier
S Cody Davis
DT Dominique Easley
CB Trumaine Johnson
OT Cornelius Lucas
CB Nickell Robey-Coleman
C John Sullivan
DT Tyrunn Walker
WR Sammy Watkins