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.
VALLOS AT A GLANCE:
VALLOS AT A GLANCE:
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Signed by Seattle as a draft choice 7/13/07; Released by Seattle 9/1/07; Signed by Seattle (practice squad) 9/4/07; Signed by Seattle 1/14/08; Waived by Seattle 9/5/10; Acquired via waivers by Cleveland 9/6/10; Signed by Philadelphia 3/19/12; Released by Philadelphia 8/31/12; Signed by Philadelphia 9/18/12; Released by Philadelphia 10/23/12; Signed by Jacksonville 10/30/12; Released by Jacksonville 11/3/12; Signed by Jacksonville 11/5/12; Signed by Denver 7/28/13.
2013: Vallos played 15 games in his first season with the Broncos in 2013... Participated in 107 special-teams snaps in addition to nine offensive snaps...Made his postseason debut in the Divisional Round vs. S.D. (1/12).
2012: Vallos played four games in 2012, appearing in two contests each for Philadelphia and Jacksonville, including one start for the Jaguars... Committed just one penalty and did not allow a sack.
2011: Vallos appeared in one game for Cleveland.
2010: Vallos played seven games for Cleveland.
2009: Vallos appeared in all 16 games (3 starts) for the second-consecutive season for Seattle... Did not commit a penalty and allowed just .25 sacks.
2008: Vallos played all 16 games (5 starts) as a rookie for Seattle... Flagged just once for a false start penalty and allowed one sack on the season.
COLLEGE: Vallos started a school-record 48 games at Wake Forest University... Earned All-America and All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors as a senior after grading out at 90 percent for the season with 92.5 knockdown blocks....Named to the honorable mention All-ACC team after starting all 11 games for the Demon Deacons and helping the team average more than 197 rushing yards per game that led the conference as a junior... Selected to the second team All-ACC as a sophomore by the media and first-team All-ACC by Rivals.com after starting 11 games for the Deacons, appearing at every offensive line position except center... Earned third-team Freshman All-America and Freshman All-ACC honors as a redshirt freshman after starting all 12 games and averaging 8.2 knockdowns per game.
PERSONAL: Vallos earned varsity letters in football, wrestling and track and field (discus and shot put) at Boardman High School in Boardman, Ohio... Earned first-team all-conference honors in football and track...Received honorable mention on the AP All-Ohio team... Played in the North-South and Big 33 all-star games...Set school wrestling records for single-season (24) and career (58) pins... Steve Vallos was born on December 28, 1983 in Youngstown, Ohio.
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