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.
WILHITE AT A GLANCE:
Wilhite signed with the Broncos as a free agent on September 4, 2011. He is a fourth-year player who saw time in 39 regular-season games (13 starts) with New England and totaled 89 tackles (70 solo), three interceptions (33 yds.), nine passes defensed and one fumble recovery. He also appeared in one postseason contest. He was selected by the Patriots in the fourth round (129th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft from Auburn University.
• vs. Cincinnati (9/18): Recorded a tackle for loss, a QB hit and his first career sack.
• at Tennessee (9/25): Recorded a tackle for loss and two QB hits.
• at Green Bay (10/2): Intercepted an Aaron Rodgers pass in the fourth quarter, the first interception by a Bronco this season.
• at Miami (10/23): Started at nickel back and led the team with 11 tackles in his first start as a Bronco and recorded a QB hit.
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