The NFL’s “legal tampering” window begins Tuesday at noon ET. That means teams can negotiate with players on other teams who are set to become free agents Thursday at 4 p.m. So, get ready to hear even more New York Giants-related rumors and reports than what we have already been hearing.
No contracts can be signed until players become free agents Thursday afternoon. Also, no visits to teams can be made during the “legal tampering” window. Per the NFL, “no direct contact is permitted between a prospective unrestricted free agent and any employee or representative of a club, other than the player’s current club.”
Still, what is almost certainly going to happen is that deals are going to be struck during this two-day period, then quickly made official Thursday afternoon/evening. By Friday morning, the “first wave” of free agency will largely be over, as most of the “splash” signings will have taken place.
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Wide receiver market heats up
The wide receiver market got interesting for the Giants on Monday. There was a report that the Giants are among teams interested in Cleveland Browns’ free-agent-to-be Terrelle Pryor, with Tom Rock of Newsday pointing out that Pryor and Giants coach Ben McAdoo have a connection going back to Pryor’s high school days. There was also word that the San Francisco 49ers will release Torrey Smith, a vertical threat who could interest the Giants.
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