The first game of the 2021 season won't kick off until September, but the new league year is just weeks away.
The calendar turns at 4 p.m. ET on March 17, at which point 2020 player contracts expire and free agency begins. Below is a look at which Giants are set to become free agents:
Unrestricted Free Agents:
- DB Adrian Colbert
- S Nate Ebner
- LB Kyler Fackrell
- OT Cameron Fleming
- RB Wayne Gallman
- DL Austin Johnson
- LS Casey Kreiter
- RB Dion Lewis
- QB Colt McCoy
- RB Alfred Morris
- C Spencer Pulley
- LB Jabaal Sheard
- DL Dalvin Tomlinson
- DL Leonard Williams
Restricted Free Agents:
- WR C.J. Board
- LB Devante Downs
DATES TO KNOW
March 9: Deadline for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.
March 15-17: Clubs are permitted to contact, and enter into contract negotiations with, the certified agents of players who will become Unrestricted Free Agents upon the expiration of their 2020 player contracts. They cannot sign until the start of the new league year.
March 17: The 2021 league year and free agency period begin at 4:00 p.m. ET.
April 23: Deadline for Restricted Free Agents to sign offer sheets.
April 29-May 1: 2021 NFL Draft, Cleveland, Ohio.
View the players set to become free agents when the new league year begins March 17.
NFL FREE AGENCY DESIGNATIONS
Unrestricted free agent (UFA): Any player with four or more accrued seasons and an expired contract; free to negotiate and sign with any team.
Restricted free agent (RFA): A player with three accrued seasons and an expired contract. RFAs are free to negotiate and sign with any team, but their original team can offer them one of various qualifying offers ("tenders") that come with the right of first refusal and/or draft-pick compensation. If the tender is withdrawn by a team, the RFA becomes an unrestricted free agent. These amounts change annually.
Exclusive rights free agent (ERFA): Any player with fewer than three accrued seasons and an expired contract. If his original team offers him a one-year contract at the league minimum (based on his credited seasons), the player cannot negotiate with other teams.
Accrued seasons: Used to determine a player's free agency status (unrestricted, restricted, exclusive rights). In order to accrue a season, a player must spend six or more regular-season games on a club's active/inactive, reserve/injured or reserve/physically unable to perform lists.
Non-exclusive franchise tag: A player who receives the non-exclusive franchise tag is free to negotiate with other teams. The player receives a one-year deal with a salary set at the greater of (a) the cap percentage average for his position (an amount equal to the sum of the franchise tag figures at a player's position over the previous five seasons divided by the sum of the salary caps over the previous five seasons multiplied by the current year's salary cap) OR (b) 120 percent of his PYS (the player's cap number from the previous season, minus any performance incentives).
Teams that use the non-exclusive franchise tag hold the right of first refusal. If a designated player signs an offer sheet with another team, the player's previous team has five days to match the offer sheet. Should it decide not to, the player's original team shall be entitled to draft-choice compensation equivalent to two first-round picks.
Players to receive non-exclusive franchise tag in 2020:
- RB Derrick Henry (Titans)
- WR A.J. Green (Bengals)
- TE Hunter Henry (Chargers)
- OG Brandon Scherff (Redskins)
- OG Joe Thuney (Patriots)
- DT Chris Jones (Chiefs)
- DT Leonard Williams (Giants)
- DE Yannick Ngakoue (Jaguars)
- LB Matt Judon (Ravens)
- LB Bud Dupree (Steelers)
- LB Shaquil Barrett (Buccaneers)
- S Anthony Harris (Vikings)
- S Justin Simmons (Broncos)
Exclusive franchise tag: A player who receives the exclusive franchise tag cannot negotiate with other teams. The player receives a one-year deal for the greater of (a) the average of the five-largest PYS at his position at the conclusion of the restricted free agent signing period of the current league year or (b) the amount of the non-exclusive franchise tag. Last player to receive an exclusive franchise tag: Dak Prescott (with the Cowboys in 2020).
Transition tag: A player who receives the transition tag is free to negotiate with other teams. The player receives a one-year deal for the greater of (a) the cap percentage average (calculation as shown above) of the top 10 greatest PYS at the player's position or (b) 120 percent of his own PYS. Should such a player sign an offer sheet with a new team, his former team has five days to match the offer sheet. However, should his former team decide not to match, there is no draft-pick compensation tied to the transition tag. If a transition player has not signed an offer sheet with a new team by July 22, he can only negotiate and sign with his prior team that season. Last player to receive transition tag: Kenyan Drake (with the Cardinals in 2020).