Oct 7, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Andrew Hawkins (16) runs the ball in the third quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Free Agency: Bengals Free Agents and Dates to Know

The offseason is here, and here are all the key dates you need to know regarding free agency:


March 9-11- NFL teams are permitted to enter into contract negotiations with certified agents of players who will be unrestricted free agents at the end of the current League Year.

March 12- Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must exercise options for 2013 on all players who have option clauses in their 2012 contracts. Also prior to 4:00 p.m., clubs must submit a minimum salary offer to retain exclusive negotiating rights to their players with expiring 2012 contracts and who have fewer than three seasons of free agency credit.

After 4 p.m., teams can begin signing unrestricted free agents and negotiating trades with other teams.


Here is a list of all the Bengals slated to become free agents:

Quarterback Bruce Gradkowski UFA
Running Back Bernard Scott UFA
  Brian Leonard UFA
  Cedric Peerman RFA
Tight End Richard Quinn RFA
Wide Receiver Brandon Tate UFA
  Andrew Hawkins ERFA
Offensive Line Andre Smith UFA
  Dennis Roland UFA
Defensive Line Michael Johnson UFA
  Pat Sims UFA
  Robert Geathers UFA
  Wallace Gilberry UFA
Linebacker Thomas Howard UFA
  Rey Maualuga UFA
  Manny Lawson UFA
  Dan Skuta UFA
  Vincent Rey ERFA
Defensive Back Terence Newman UFA
  Nate Clements UFA
  Chris Crocker UFA
  Adam Jones UFA
  Jeromy Miles RFA
Kicker Mike Nugent UFA
  Josh Brown UFA
Punter Kevin Huber UFA
Long Snapper Clark Harris UFA
ERFA- Exclusive Rights free Agent
RFA- Restricted Free Agent
UFA-Unrestricted Free Agent



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