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:
|Running Back||Bernard Scott||UFA|
|Tight End||Richard Quinn||RFA|
|Wide Receiver||Brandon Tate||UFA|
|Offensive Line||Andre Smith||UFA|
|Defensive Line||Michael Johnson||UFA|
|Defensive Back||Terence Newman||UFA|
|Long Snapper||Clark Harris||UFA|
ERFA- Exclusive Rights free Agent
RFA- Restricted Free Agent
UFA-Unrestricted Free Agent