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.
Darrent Williams died in the early morning hours of New Year's Day 2007 after being shot near downtown Denver hours after he and the Broncos completed their 2006 season. He was 24 and was survived by his mother, Rosalind, two young children, numerous other family members and an array of friends from his hometown of Fort Worth, Texas, his new home in Parker, Colo., and from other places near and far.
Darrent spent much of his childhood at the Boys and Girls Club in Fort Worth and devoted time here in Denver to the kids of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver. To continue his legacy, the Broncos and the Boys and Girls Clubs partnered to develop the Darrent Williams Memorial Teen Center as a new extension of the Denver Broncos Boys and Girls Club in Montbello.
Follow the links below to read more about the life and all-too-brief professional football career of a man who was not only the Broncos' starting cornerback and punt returner, but a friend who had a smile for everyone who crossed his path with the organization.