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Offseason dates of note

Posted by Chris Brown on February 15, 2010 – 9:30 am

Here’s a rundown of some of the more important offseason dates and deadlines on the NFL calendar

Feb. 8 – Date players under contract can start being released

Feb. 25 – Deadline to designate franchise and transition players

Feb. 24 – March 2 – NFL Combine

March 5 – Free agency opens

March 15 – First day NFL clubs can open offseason programs

April 15 – Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets from other teams

April 22-24 – NFL Draft

July 15 – Deadline to sign franchise player to multi-year deal


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Free agency opens a couple of days earlier

Posted by Chris Brown on January 13, 2009 – 2:12 pm

Last season the NFL free agency period opened on March 1st, but with March 1st falling on a Sunday, free agency will open at 12:01am on Friday February 27th.

The day before (Feb. 26) will be the deadline for teams to tender qualifying offers to restricted free agents (e.g. John DiGiorgio) and exclusive rights free agents (e.g. Fred Jackson) to retain either right of first refusal or exclusive rights to said player.

The deadline for a restricted free agent to sign their tender is April 17.

The deadline to designate franchise and transition players is Feb. 19th.


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