Dec 30, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets running back Shonn Greene (23) runs against the Buffalo Bills during the first half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports
Now that we are fully in off-season mode, it’s time to start thinking about next year. Specifically, it’s time to start thinking about shaping the roster for next year, John Idzik’s first major task. Free agency. The time to negotiate with expiring contracts, and the free agent period is beginning sooner than you might realize. Here are the dates you need to know:
March 9-11 – Teams may enter into contract talks with players who will be unrestricted free agents.
March 12 -There is a lot that goes on here so lets break down one-by-one:
4 p.m. deadline for teams to exercise 2013 contract options on all players with club options.
Prior to 4 p.m. teams must have submitted qualifying offers to restricted free agents they wish to keep right of first refusal for. They also must submit a salary offer to exclusive rights free agent players.
All 2012 player contracts will expire at 4 p.m. Teams must be under the 2013 salary cap at this time.
At 4 p.m. the 2013 League Year begins; trades are allowed and free agency begins.
And to keep everything together for you, here are the Jets free agents, listed by designation type:
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS:
Yeremiah BellMike DeVitoBraylon EdwardsNick FolkShonn GreeneLex HilliardDustin KellerLaron LandryBrandon MooreChaz SchilensMatt SlausonBryan Thomas
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS:
Jeff CumberlandAustin HowardJoshua MaugaTanner Purdum
EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS
Dedrick EppsIsaiah TrufantDarrin WallsJordan White
In the coming weeks, we will talk more about these guys, who stays, who goes..etc.