NFL Offseason Dates

NFL Offseason Dates

Here’s a quick list, courtesy of, of this year’s offseason schedule:

NFL Combine

Feb. 28: Day one players arrive: Place kicking, special teams, offensive linemen, running backs.
March 1: Day two players arrive: Quarterbacks, wide receivers, tight ends.
March 2: Day three players arrive: Defensive line and linebackers.
March 3: Day four players arrive: Defensive backs. Also, day one players begin workouts.
March 4. Day two players begin workouts.
March 5. Day three players begin workouts.
March 6: Day four players being workouts.

For more details on the schedule CLICK HERE.

Rest of the Offseason

March 1  Deadline for teams to designate Franchise or Transition players is at 3pm CST

March 7-9 is an open window for teams to start contract talks with unrestricted free agents.

March 9th New league year officially begins at 3pm CST.

Additionally,there 9th is the deadline for NFL teams to exercise options for 2017 on any player with option clauses in their 2016 contracts. Teams must submit qualifying offers to players with expiring contracts who will become Restricted Free Agents. And, teams must submit a Minimum Salary Tender to players who will become Exclusive-Rights Free Agents (expiring contracts and fewer than 3 accrued seasons).

March 26-29: Annual League Meeting, Phoenix

Mid-April: NFL will announce the 2017 schedule (around third week of the month)

April 21: Deadline for Restricted Free Agents to sign offer sheets.

April 27-29: 2017 NFL Draft, Philadelphia

Early May: Rookie mini-camps begin league-wide

May 18-21: NFLPA Rookie Premiere

May 22-23: Spring League Meeting, Chicago

Late May to mid-June: OTA beginsa league-wide

July 15: Deadline for Franchise-tagged players to sign multi-year extensions. Following this deadline, a player can only sign the one-year Franchise tender. 3pm CST.

Mid-July: Clubs are permitted to open preseason training camp for rookies and first-year players. Mandatory reporting date for veteran players is seven days later.

August 3: Beginning of NFL preseason, Hall of Fame Game, Canton, Ohio

August 5: Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony

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