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Jets Signing Faneca?

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Somebody help me out.  I thought Free Agency doesn't open until tomorrow at midnight, but today this comes across the wire:

"Word around the league" is that the Jets have already negotiated a deal for free agent Alan Faneca that would guarantee him about $20 million.

Isn't that against the rules or tampering?

I know this news makes some of you happy, but it seems like a lot of guys are signed already.

I thought it was just guys who were released and they have a different set of rules.  

Can somebody straighten me out here?

Is it a case of just not being able to sign contracts? If so, why haven't we heard about all the free agents visiting teams?