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2015 NFL Free Agency: What You Need To Know

The 2015 free agency signing period begun Tuesday March 10 at 4 ET p.m.
 
There are 2 categories of free agency:image

1. Unrestricted Free Agent and

2. Restricted Free Agent

Unrestricted Free Agent: A player who has four or more accrued seasons at the expiration of his contract at the end of 2014 season.
Restricted Free Agents: A player who has three accrued seasons at the expiration of his contract at the end of 2014 season.
Either of them may be designated by his current team as a Franchise Player or Transition Player.
An Unrestricted Free Agent is at liberty to sign with any team with no draft choice compensation owed to his old team.

Accrued Season: Six or more regular-season games on a team's  reserved/injured, active/inactive, or reserve/physically unable to play lists.

2015 Time period for free agency signings

For Restricted Free Agents, it is from March 10 to April 24.

For Unrestricted Free Agents who have received the June 1 tender from their prior team, from March 10 to July 22 (or the first scheduled day of the first NFL training camp, whichever comes later).

For Franchise Players, from March 10 until the Tuesday following the 10th week of the regular season, November 17.

For Transition Players, from March 10 until July  If a player does not sign by November 17, then he must sit out the season.

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