A. At 4 p.m. ET, Wednesday, March 14.
A. Players are either restricted free agents or unrestricted free agents. A restricted free agent may be subject to a qualifying offer. A restricted or unrestricted free agent may be designated by his prior club as its franchise player or transition player.
A. For restricted free agents – March 14 to April 20.
For unrestricted free agents who have received a May 8 tender from their prior club – March 14 to July 23 (or the first scheduled day of the first NFL training camp, whichever is later).
For franchise players – March 14 until the Tuesday following Week 10 of the regular season, Nov. 13.
For transition players – March 14 until July 23. After July 23 and until 4 p.m. ET on the Tuesday following Week 10 of the regular season, Nov. 13, the prior club has exclusive negotiating rights to unrestricted free agents and transition players. If the above-listed players do not sign by Nov. 13, they must sit out the season.
A. In the 2018 league year, players with three accrued seasons who have received a qualifying offer become restricted free agents when their contracts expire at the end of the 2017 league year on March 14.
Unrestricted free agents have completed four or more accrued seasons. Upon expiration of his 2017 contract, an unrestricted free agent can sign with any club with no draft choice compensation owed to his old club.
Six or more regular-season games on a club's active/inactive, reserved/injured or reserve/physically unable to perform lists.
If a player with three accrued seasons has received a qualifying offer — a salary tender predetermined by the CBA — from his old club, he can negotiate with any club through April 20. If the restricted free agent signs an offer sheet with a new club, his old club can match the offer and keep him because they have a right of first refusal on any offer sheet the player signs. If the old club does not match the offer, it may receive draft choice compensation depending on the amount of its qualifying offer. If an offer sheet is not executed on or before April 20, the player’s negotiating rights revert exclusively to his old club. Before the start of free agency, a player who would be a restricted free agent may be designated by his old club as its franchise player or transition player.
A. A player with four or more accrued seasons whose contract has expired. He is free to sign with any club — with no draft choice compensation owed to his old club — through July 23 or the first scheduled day of the first NFL training camp, whichever is later. His negotiating rights revert exclusively to his old club if by May 8 the old club tendered the player a one-year contract for 110 percent of his prior year’s salary. His old club then has until the Tuesday following Week 10 of the regular season (Nov. 13) to sign him. If he does not sign by that date, he must sit out the season. If no tender is offered by May 8, the player can be signed by any club at any time throughout the season.
A. The salary offer by a player’s club determines what type of franchise player he is: exclusive or non-exclusive.
An “exclusive” franchise player — not free to sign with another club — is offered the greater of the average of the top five salaries at the player's position for the current year as of the end of the restricted free agent signing period on April 20; or the amount of the required tender for a non-exclusive franchise player, as explained below.
Article 10, Section 2(a)(i) of the CBA sets the Cap Percentage Average, for calculating the required tender for a non-exclusive franchise player:
The Non-exclusive Franchise Tender shall be a one year NFL player contract for
If a club extends a required tender to a “non-exclusive” franchise player, the player can negotiate a contract with any club, except that his old club can receive compensation of two first-round draft selections if he signs with a new club.
A. A club can designate one franchise player or one transition player among its potential restricted or unrestricted free agents.
A. Yes. A club can withdraw its franchise or transition designation. The player then automatically becomes an unrestricted free agent, either immediately if the tender is withdrawn after the start of the 2018 league year, or when his 2017 contract expires if the tender is withdrawn before the start of the 2018 league year.
A. The salary cap is $177,200,000 per club.
A. At the start of the 2018 league year, which begins at 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 14.
A. Yes. A team may carry over room from one league year to the following league year by submitting notice to the NFL prior to 4 p.m. ET on the day following the team’s final regular-season game, indicating the amount of room that the club wishes to carry over.
A. A club can carry over 100 percent of its remaining 2017 room to its adjusted salary cap for 2018.