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Can NFL teams sign players after the trade deadline? In what cases?

As the big deadline falls upon us, here’s everything you need to know about the trade deadline and its rules

As the big deadline falls upon us, here's everything you need to know about the trade deadline and its rules

The NFL trade deadline is here on the back of Week 8 of the 2022 season, and contending teams have one last chance to add to their rosters before the stretch run of the regular season.

The league, its Players Association and the franchise owners have a set of rules, or players’ rights, governed by a collective bargaining agreement. The most recent CBA agreement was launched in March of 2020 and will go through till the 2030 season.

There are five categories to a players’ rights: trade eligibility, trade procedure, trade limitations, waivers, and transfer.


Are NFL teams able to make trades now?

As of today, Nov. 1, all trades must be completed by 4 pm ET, before they are no longer able to make any.

NFL Teams are permitted to discuss trades to work out the details ahead of time, but they cannot make deals official until the start of the new league year, which generally begins in March.

Players may still find themselves on a new team deadline through the waiver process. If a player is waived between February 1 and the trade deadline, then the player is a free agent and can negotiate a contract with any other team. On the other hand, if the team waives a player after the trade deadline, then that player is subject to the waiver claim process, which grants them additional rights based on whether they have a no-trade clause or not. The waivers go in reverse order of NFL standings.


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