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When does NFL free agency start (in 2017)?

The Steelers will almost certainly resign free agent Le'Veon Belll.Getty Images

The NFL continues to dominate the year-round sports calendar. The next important date for football fans — and front office personnel — to note is March 9.

Beginning on March 1, NFLteams can use the franchise tag. And pecularly, still, NFL teams can "negotiate" with prospective free agents between March 7 and March 9.

But the 9th at 4 p.m. is when contracts can be signed and announced.

There are some big name free agentsavailable this offseason so there will surely be a little bit of a splash made in offseason 2017.