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Free agency will include three-day 'tampering' period

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By Eric Edholm

CHICAGO — Teams now may legally speak with agents during a three-day period prior to the start of free agency, the NFL announced Tuesday.

Team owners, in town for the league's Fall Meeting, amended the NFL's Anti-Tampering Policy so that clubs and certified agents may engage in negotiations with prospective free agents. No contracts may be signed until the start of free agency, which coincides with the beginning of the league year.

The move was adopted during the morning portion of the general session.

The reason for the three-day window is to prevent teams from illegal tampering, which club officials say has gone on in back channels for years. The hope is that the new communication period will curb any illegal discussions with agents of free agents-to-be.

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