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Silver Minings: Teams will be able to bring free agents for in-person visits and physicals

The coronavirus sent everything virtual in 2020

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The Las Vegas Raiders’ front office received great news as the NFL informed teams that the current plan is for clubs to be able to bring in free agents for visits and physicals this offseason, Pro Football Talk reported on Tuesday.

NFL free agency officially starts on March 17 and teams can bring in players to their facility from then on. However, legal tampering starts March 15 and many deals around the league will be agreed upon before visits can even be made.

Still, this is welcome news. Last year, visits and physicals were not conducted in-person because of the coronavirus. While everything is fluid, teams have to be excited about this plan to resume these critical aspects of the free-agency process.

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  • A look at the success: The San Jose Mercury News has a look at the top free agents in Raiders’ history.