During the period beginning at 12 noon, New York time, on March 7th and ending at 3:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 9th, 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 2016 player contracts at 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 9. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 9.
During the above two-day negotiating period, no direct contact is permitted between a prospective unrestricted free agent and any employee or representative of a club, other than the player’s current club.
The 2017 League Year and Free Agency period begin at 4:00 p.m., New York time.
The first day of the 2017 League Year will end at 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 9. Clubs will receive a personnel notice that will include all transactions submitted to the League office during the period between 4:00 p.m., New York time, and 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 9.
Trading period for 2017 begins at 4:00 p.m., New York time, after expiration of all 2016 contracts.
FELLS AT A GLANCE:
• A fifth-year tight end who owns 83 career receptions for 940 yards (11.3 avg.) and seven touchdowns.
• Played 42 games (11 starts) for St. Louis from 2008-10 after spending the 2007 season on Oakland’s practice squad and his 2006 rookie campaign on Atlanta’s active roster.
• Caught at least one pass in every game for the Rams in 2010, as one of nine NFL tight ends to accomplish that feat.
• Mentored by Broncos Tight Ends Coach Clancy Barone during his rookie season with the Falcons in 2006.
• Started three seasons at UC-Davis, posting 59 career receptions for 964 yards (16.3 avg.) with four touchdowns for the Aggies
• Joined the Broncos as an unrestricted free agent on Aug. 1, 2011.
• Entered the NFL with Atlanta as a college free agent on May 1, 2006.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Signed by Atlanta as a college free agent 5/1/06; Waived by Atlanta 9/1/07; Signed by Oakland (practice squad) 9/4/07; Waived by Oakland 8/30/08; Signed by Tampa Bay (practice squad) 9/1/08; Signed by St. Louis (active roster) 10/6/08; Placed on injured reserve (knee) by St. Louis 12/21/09; Signed by Denver as an unrestricted free agent 8/1/11.
Quickly: Fells is a fifth-year tight end who owns 88 career receptions for 1,001 yards (11.4 avg.) and seven touchdowns. He opened 15 contests for the Broncos in 2011 and tied for third on the team in receptions (19). Additionally, he finished fourth on the team in receiving yards (256) and second in receiving touchdowns (3) and carried a 26-game reception streak into Week 10. Fells played 42 games (11 starts) for St. Louis from 2008-10 after spending the 2007 season on Oakland’s practice squad and his 2006 rookie campaign on Atlanta’s active roster. He caught at least one pass in every game for the Rams in 2010, as one of nine NFL tight ends to accomplish that feat.
2011 Postseason Highlights:
2011 Season Highlights:
2010: Fells played all 16 games (6 starts) for the first time and totaled a career-best 41 receptions for 391 yards (9.5 avg.) with two touchdowns... Finished as one of nine NFL tight ends to produce a catch in every game.
2009: Fells played 14 games (4 starts) and tallied 21 catches for 273 yards (13.0 avg.) with a career-high three touchdowns for the Rams... Missed the last two games of the regular season after being placed on injured reserve (knee) on Dec. 21... Scored the first two touchdowns of his career vs. G.B. (9/27)... Hauled in a career-long 36-yard reception for a touchdown on a fake field goal attempt at Det. (11/1).
2008: Fells played 12 games (1 start) and posted seven receptions for 81 yards (11.6 avg.) for the Rams after being signed by the club from Tampa Bay’s practice squad on Oct. 6... Made his first career start vs. Sea. (12/14).
2007: Fells spent the entire season competing on Oakland’s practice squad.
2006: Fells entered the NFL with Atlanta as a college free agent on May 1 and was inactive for all 16 games as a rookie.
COLLEGE: Fells was a three-year starter at UC-Davis, where he totaled 59 receptions for 964 yards (16.3 avg.) with four touchdowns in his career... Caught 10 passes for 165 yards (16.5 avg.) with one touchdown in just six games as a senior before injuring his ankle... Earned first-team All-Great West Conference honors as a junior in 2004 after finishing fourth on the team with a personal-best 35 receptions for 520 yards (14.9 avg.) with one score... Won the team’s T. Palmer Moody Award as a the school’s most outstanding sophomore in 2003.
PERSONAL: Fells was an All-Freeway League honoree in football, basketball and baseball as a senior at Fullerton Union High School in Fullerton, Calif.... Named MVP of his football team in addition to garnering All-CIF honors during his final prep season... Majored in communications with an African-American studies minor at UC-Davis... Daniel Fells was born on Sept. 23, 1983, in Anaheim, Calif.