2022 Free Agency Primer: A look at the Raiders' unrestricted, restricted and exclusive rights players

The new league year kicks off next week on March 16 at 1:00 p.m. PT, which also marks the official beginning of the free agency and trading period.

Teams are permitted to contact – and negotiate with – the certified agents of players who will become unrestricted free agents during a two-day negotiating period, which begins March 14 at 9 a.m. PT.

Restricted free agents have until April 22 to sign offer sheets.

As the Silver and Black prep for the 2022 season, take a look at who will become free agents on March 16th, and stay up to date on all of the Raiders' free agency moves with the Raiders Free Agent Tracker, Raiders app and @raiders social.

Unrestricted Free Agents (24):

Any player with four or more accrued seasons and an expired contract; free to negotiate and sign with any team.

Restricted Free Agents (4):

A player with three accrued seasons and an expired contract. RFAs are free to negotiate and sign with any team, but their original team can offer them a qualifying offer that can come with the right of first refusal and/or draft-pick compensation.

Exclusive Rights Free Agents (2):

Any player with fewer than three accrued seasons and an expired contract. If his original team offers him a one-year contract at the league minimum (based on his credited seasons), the player cannot negotiate with other teams.

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