2018 NFL key offseason dates to know

January 9, 2018
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Here are the key dates to know for the 2018 offseason calendar.  Please not, all ties listed are Eatern/New York time:

January 15 Deadline for college players who are underclassmen to apply for special eligibility. 
January 20 East-West Shrine Game, Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida.
January 20 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California.
January 27 Senior Bowl, Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama.
January 31 Deadline for NFL clubs to try out and negotiate with CFL players whose 2017 contracts are due to expire.

February 4 Super Bowl LII, U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
February 5 Waiver system begins for 2018.
February 13 Beginning at 12 noon, NFL clubs may begin to sign players whose 2017 CFL contracts have expired. Players under contract to a CFL club for the 2018 season or who have an option for the 2018 season are not eligible to be signed.
February 20 First day for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.
February 27-March 5 NFL Scouting Combine, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana.

March 6 Prior to 4:00 p.m., deadline for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.
March 12-14 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. on March 14.
March 14 Prior to 4:00 p.m., clubs must exercise options for 2018 on all players who have option clauses in their 2017 contracts.
March 14 Prior to 4:00 p.m., clubs must submit qualifying offers to their Restricted Free Agents with expiring contracts to retain a Right of First Refusal/Compensation.
March 14 Prior to 4:00 p.m., clubs must submit a minimum salary tender to retain exclusive negotiating rights to their players with expiring 2017 contracts who have fewer than three accrued seasons of free agency credit.
March 14 Top 51 begins. All clubs must be under the 2018 salary cap prior to 4:00 p.m.
March 14 All 2017 player contracts will expire at 4:00 p.m.
March 14 The 2018 league year and free agency period begin at 4:00 p.m.
March 14 The first day of the 2018 league year will end at 11:59:59 p.m. on March 14.
March 14 Trading period for 2018 begins at 4:00 p.m., after expiration of all 2017 contracts.
March 25-28 Annual League Meeting, Orlando, Florida.

April 2 Clubs that hired a new head coach after the end of the 2017 regular season may begin offseason workout programs.
April 16 Clubs with returning head coaches may begin offseason workout programs.
April 20 Deadline for Restricted Free Agents to sign offer sheets.
April 26-28 2018 NFL Draft, AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX.


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