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3-day free agent negotiating period begins

NFL free agency begins on Tuesday, March 10, at 4 p.m. (ET), but teams can get an early jump on it.

Beginning today, March 7 at 12 noon (ET) teams are able to begin contacting the agents of players slated to become unrestricted free agents and enter into contract negotiations during the three-day period that ends at the start of free agency.

There are some rules that come with it, though. No contracts can be executed with a new club until the start of free agency on Tuesday, March 10, at 4 p.m.

In addition, players set to become unrestricted free agents are not permitted to visit a team, other than the one they are currently with, at their facility or meet anywhere. There also isn't any direct contact permitted between pending free agents and teams, other than their own, which would include not being able to talk to a player who represents himself. No travel arrangements for a free agent's future visit can be made during the three-day period until their contracts expire on March 10.

The following are the Steelers' players slated to become unrestricted free agents: linebackers James Harrison, Arthur Moats and Jason Worilds; cornerbacks Brice McCain and Ike Taylor; safety Will Allen; wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey; tight ends Michael Palmer and Matt Spaeth; running back Ben Tate; and defensive end Clifton Geathers.

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