The 2012 NFL season officially begins tomorrow at 4 p.m. eastern time. That’s when the blockbuster NFL draft trade between the St. Louis Rams and Washington Redskins will become official, and the Denver Broncos can sign Peyton Manning, and then Tim Tebow will be set free to get another gig, and then everything starts up again.
In the meantime, here’s everything you need to know about how NFL free agency in 2012
Q. What are the categories of free agency?
A. Players are either “restricted” or “unrestricted” free agents. Within the categories are also “franchise” and “transition” players.
Q. What is the time period for free agency signings this year?
A. For restricted free agents, from March 13 to April 20. For unrestricted free agents who have received the June 1 tender from their prior Club, from March 13 to July 22 (or the first scheduled day of the first NFL training camp, whichever is later). For franchise players, from March 13 until the Tuesday following the 10th week of the r...