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2016 NFL free agency tampering period live blog: Rules, news, rumors

The 2016 free agency period gets started with a "soft opening" on Monday with the opening of the "tampering" period. Starting at 9 a.m. PT, teams are allowed to speak with agents for players and work on contracts. Deals cannot be signed until 1 p.m. PT on Wednesday, but some deals will be effectively completed before Wednesday.

Fooch's update 11:11 a.m. PT - Dolphins might push for Adam Jones

Fooch's update 9:38 a.m. PT - 49ers interested in Sweezy

Fooch's update 8:56 a.m. PT - 49ers looking at DAT

Fooch's update 8:47 a.m. PT - Shareece Wright cashes in

Fooch's update 8:43 a.m. PT - Potential Dolphins-Eagles trade

Fooch's update 8:27 a.m. PT - RG3 released

The NFL has made some changes this year to remove some of the ridiculous nature of the tampering period. Previously, teams could exchange positions, but there could be no formal offers and no agreements in principle. That obviously was happening anyway, and so the NFL has issued a memo with some adjustments to the rules. Pro Football Talk posted some of the details of the memo.

The most notable aspects are that formal offers can actually happen, and agreements can be reached in principle. Teams cannot formally execute a contract (basically, sign it), but virtually everything else can happen.

"During the two-day negotiating period, all clubs may negotiate all aspects of an NFL Player Contract with the certified agent of any prospective UFA," explains the March 2 memo to all teams, a copy of which PFT has obtained. "However, a new club may not execute an NFL Player Contract with a prospective UFA until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 9, when the player's 2015 contract expires."

I don't know if this will change how many deals are actually reached before Wednesday, but it could make it easier to know when deals are done. Teams might be less likely to feel the need to hide what they are doing.