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NFL free agency 2022: which players can negotiate their contract on March 14?

A look into NFL Free agency 2022 and which players can negotiate their contracts on March 14, along with the top 10 free agents for the 2022 season.

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A look into NFL Free agency 2022 and which players can negotiate their contracts on March 14, along with the top 10 free agents for the 2022 season.
Kevin C. CoxAFP

The NFL's 2022 free agent period starts on Monday, March 14 with two days of legal negotiations. The free agency frenzy officially takes off on March 16th, and so does the start of the new season. Several teams will be looking to improve their rosters by signing some of the biggest names on the 2022 open market.

While we've already seen a few extensions and big trades this week, teams cannot sign with the players until the new league year begins. However, agents for free-agent players, in the list we added below, are allowed to negotiate with prospective teams starting at noon on March 14.

NFL teams use early contract extensions and the franchise tag to keep their best young players away from the market. The window within which teams can place the franchise tag on players began on Feb. 22 through March 8, after which these previously-tagged players are required to play the 2022 season under that franchise tag and the salary tied to it.

This week, eight top players received the franchise tag, with two other pending free agents. Chargers receiver Mike Williams and Titans pass rusher Harold Landry III -- signed new contracts.

If you wish to understand more on NFL Free Agency and cap space, we’ve got you covered here

When does NFL free agency start in 2022?

Legal tampering period: Monday, March 14 through Wednesday, March 16
Start of 2022 NFL free agency: Wednesday, March 16, 4 p.m. ET

Below is a list of the best free agents available for the new season:

Top NFL free agents available in 2022

Saints OL Terron Armstead
Patriots CB J.C. Jackson
Rams LB Von Miller
Buccaneers CB Carlton Davis
Cardinals LB Chandler Jones
Chiefs S Tyrann Mathieu
Saints S Marcus Williams
Bears WR Allen Robinson
Dolphins DE Emmanuel Ogbah
Commanders G Brandon Scherff

More info on each of these players here.

What is the 2022 NFL salary cap?

All teams must work within the league salary cap,which is set at $202.8 million.

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