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2018 NFL Important Dates

NFL Draft Heads to Arlington in April



1/20: East-West Shrine Game, Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL, 3:00 p.m. ET (NFL Network).
1/27: Reese's Senior Bowl, Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, AL, 1:30 p.m. CT (NFL Network).February
2/4: Super Bowl LII, U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN, 6:30PM ET (NBC).
2/20: Teams can designate Franchise or Transition Players. 
2/27-3/5: NFL Draft Scouting Combine, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN.

3/6: 4:00 p.m. ET deadline for teams to designate Franchise of Transition Players.
3/12-14: Beginning at 12:00 p.m. ET on March 7, clubs are permitted to contact, and enter into contract negotiations with the certified agents of players who will become Unrestricted Free Agents. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 4:00 p.m. ET, on March 9.
3/14: The 2018 League Year, free agency and trading period begin at 4:00 p.m. ET.
3/25-28: Annual league meeting, Orlando, FL.


4/16: Clubs with returning head coaches may begin offseason workout programs.
4/20: Deadline for Restricted Free Agents to sign Offer Sheets.
4/26-28: NFL Draft, Arlington, TX.May
5/4-7 or 5/11-14: Optional rookie minicamp. 
5/14: Rookies Development Program begins.
5/21-23: Spring League Meetings, Atlanta, GA.

6/1: Deadline for Prior Club to send "June 1 Tender" to its unsigned Restricted Free Agents who received a qualifying offer for a Right of First Refusal Only in order for such player to be subject to the CBA as "June 15 Tender" provision.
6/15: Deadline for club to withdraw qualifying offer to Restricted Free Agents and still retain exclusive negotiating rights by substituting "June 15 Tender" of one-year contract at 110 percent of the player's prior-year Paragraph 5 Salary (with all other terms of his prior-year contract carried forward unchanged).
Late June: Rookie Transition Program.

7/16: At 4 p.m. ET, deadline for any club that designated a Franchise Player to sign such player to a multi-year contract or extension. After this date, the player may sign only a one-year contract with his prior club for the 2017 season, and such contract cannot be extended until after the club's last regular season game.
Mid July: Training Camp.

8/2: Hall of Fame Game, Canton, OH.
8/2-5: Hall of Fame Weekend, Canton, OH.

9/1: Teams must reduce their rosters to 53 players by 4:00p.m. ET.
9/6, 9-10: Regular season opens.

Dates for Minicamp, OTAs and Training Camp will be announced at a later date

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