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Golden Nuggets: Legal Tampering Period Begins

A daily compilation of 49ers news from around the net. Monday, March 12th, 2018 edition.

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Blew my mind when I realized that John Lynch and Alex Smith have competed on the football field.
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Happy Monday folks, while much of the 49ers-related chatter has been endlessly mulling over the Sherman signing and reported Talib rebuff, today is one of the most important days of the year. The “legal tampering” period of free agency begins today, in which unrestricted free agents are free to be approached by interested teams, in advance of the official beginning of the 2018 league year. At 4pm on March 14th, the contracts from 2017 will have expired, and the official free agency period will have begun.

Clubs are permitted to contact, and enter into contract negotiations with, the certified agents of players who will become Unrestricted Free Agents upon the expiration of their 2017 player contracts at 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 14. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 14.

Although the NFL Operations page didn’t list a time at which the tampering period would go live, the Arizona Cardinals website writes that it begins at 9 a.m. “Arizona time”. This converts to 9 a.m. Pacific Standard, and noon Eastern.

Go get ‘em, Johnny. Or Paraag, whatever.


Joe Staley welcomed Sherman | Maiocco, NBC Sports Bay Area | KNBR Staff | Biderman, Ninerswire

John Lynch explains why the team coveted Sherman | Montero, KNBR | Biderman, Ninerswire

Pros and cons of Sherman signing | Maiocco, NBC Sports Bay Area

Aqib Talib reportedly vetoed trade to 49ers | Moore, KNBR

Sherman fills leadership role | Wagoner, ESPN

Best moments of Sherman-49ers rivalry | Wagoner, ESPN