Offseason moves are going to take center stage over the coming weeks. NFL teams will attempt to keep their best players headed toward free agency. Most players won’t be in a rush to re-sign, even if remaining with their own teams is the preference. Testing the market becomes more appealing after risking injury and poor performance for an entire season.
The exclusive negotiating rights period that teams have with their impending free agents ends on March 7. That’s when NFL teams are allowed to negotiate with the agents of prospective unrestricted free agents during a two-day period ending at 3:59:59 p.m. ET on March 9. Players can’t sign deals with new clubs until the 2017 league year and free agency officially begin at 4:00 p.m. ET. A player’s ability to re-sign with his current club is allowed during this period.
Here’s a look at 10 of the best potential unrestricted free agents (i.e., players with expiring contracts). Some of the players could be taken off the open market by receiving franchise tags before the two-week designation period ends on March 1.