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NFL Free Agency: Mike McGlinchey signs with Denver Broncos

On3-Social-Profile_GRAYby:On3 Staff Report03/13/23
Mike McGlinchey, San Francisco 49ers offensive tackle
San Francisco offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey prepares to make a block during a game on Jan. 22, 2023. (Michael Zagaris / Getty Images)

After playing out his rookie contract with the San Francisco 49ers, offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey is set to cash in on NFL free agency. According to Dianna Russini, McGlinchey will be headed to play for the Denver Broncos. Contract details were not yet released.

A former first-round NFL Draft pick in 2018 out Notre Dame, McGlinchey suited up in each of his five seasons with the Niners.

He played in a total of 69 games, though he didn’t play full campaigns in either 2019 or 2021. A knee injury partially derailed his 2019 campaign, while a torn quadriceps muscle limited him in 2021.

More on the 2023 NFL offseason, free agency

The NFL 2023 calendar year is set to begin at 4 p.m. ET on March 15 when contracts running through 2022 will officially run out, making those players free agents. Prior to the beginning of free agency, teams will have a chance to designate one franchise or transition tag player, starting on Feb. 21 at 4 p.m. ET and ending on March 7. Beginning March 13 through March 15 teams will be allowed a legal negotiation with players who are set to become unrestricted free agents.

In addition to NFL free agency, the new year also marks the beginning of all trades being made official by the league office. April 21 marks the deadline to sign restricted free agents to offer sheets while April 26 marks the deadline for teams to match restricted free agent offers sheets. 722 players are slated to become free agents in 2023.

More on restricted, exclusive rights free agents

Players with only three years of accredited NFL experience become restricted free agents. Their original team will have the option to apply first-round, second-round, original-round, and right-of-fight-of-first-refusal tenders on players at escalating price tags. The higher the round, the more expensive the tender amount; however, if a separate team does offer a contract and the original team does not match that round pick will be conveyed from the new team to the original team. Right of first refusal only gives a team the option to match or not. If they don’t match, they get nothing in return. An original-round tender would send a draft pick from whatever round the player was drafted back to the original team if they chose not to match. The original team will have five days to match once a player signs an offer sheet from a new team.