Feb 22, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Southern California quarterback Matt Barkley speaks at a press conference during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Key NFL League Dates to Watch for Philadelphia Eagles


 

Feb 22, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Southern California quarterback Matt Barkley speaks at a press conference during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Since we are in full-throttle offseason mode, I thought it might be appropriate to share the key upcoming dates for the NFL.  I know die-hard Eagles fans are watching closely for upcoming big events, and we are always ready to provide you with the information you need, when you need it.

The next big event to watch is the NFL Combine which will be held this last Wednesday February 19-25 in Indianapolis, Indiana, but a quick note on the NFL Regional Combines in the table below.  They are essentially smaller combines for any player who did not get an invite for the main combine in Indiana.  At the regional combines; scouts run players through drills, gather their measurables, and at the end a video of the player’s workout is provided to every NFL team.  The players must pay to participate, so they have to be serious about the workout.  Anyone is eligible for the regional combines including players who have been out of the league for a while.  Media presence is typically scarce at the regional combines, but they do occur every year.

The NFL League calendar leading up to the 2014 Kickoff Weekend in September is as follows:

 

Date Event
February   17 First   day for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.
February   19-25 NFL   Scouting Combine, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana.
February   22 NFL   Regional Combine, Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, California.
March   1 NFL   Regional Combine, One Buccaneer Place, Tampa, Florida.
March   3 Prior   to 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for clubs to designate Franchise or   Transition Players.
March   8-9 NFL   Regional Combine, Atlanta Falcons Training Facility, Flowery Branch, Georgia.
March   8 Clubs   are permitted to contact, and enter into contract negotiations with, the   certified agents of players who will become Unrestricted Free Agents upon the   expiration of their 2013 Player Contracts at 4:00 p.m., New York time, on   March 11. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 4:00   p.m., New York time, on March 11.
March   11 Prior   to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must exercise options for 2014 on all   players who have option clauses in their 2013 contracts.
March   11 Prior   to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must submit Qualifying Offers to their   Restricted Free Agents with expiring contracts and to whom they desire to   retain a Right of First Refusal/Compensation.
March   11 Prior   to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must submit a Minimum Salary Tender to   retain exclusive negotiating rights to their players with expiring 2013   contracts and who have fewer than three Accrued Seasons of free agency   credit.
March   11 Top-51   Begins. All clubs must be under the 2014 Salary Cap prior to 4:00 p.m., New   York time.
March   11 All   2013 player contracts will expire at 4:00 p.m., New York time.
March   11 The   2014 League Year and Free Agency period begin at 4:00 p.m., New York time.The   first day of the 2014 League Year will end at 11:59:59 p.m., New York time,   on March 11. clubs will receive a Personnel Notice that will include all   transactions submitted to the league office during the period between 4:00   p.m., New York time, and 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 11.
March   11 Trading   period for 2014 begins at 4:00 p.m., New York time, after expiration of all   2013 contracts.
March   15 NFL   Regional Combine, Halas Hall, Lake Forest, Illinois.
March   22 NFL   Regional Combine, Doctors Hospital Training Facility at Nova Southeastern   University, Davie, Florida.
March   22-23 NFL   Regional Combine, Virginia Mason Athletic Center, Renton, Washington.
March   23-26 Annual   Meeting, Orlando, Florida.
March   29 NFL   Regional Combine, Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center, Indianapolis, Indiana.
March   29-30 NFL   Regional Combine, Under Armour Performance Center, Owings Mills, Maryland.
April   7 Clubs   that hired a new head coach after the end of the 2013 regular season may begin   offseason workout programs.
April   12-13 Super   Regional Combine, Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan.
April   21 Clubs   with returning head coaches may begin offseason workout programs.
May   2 Deadline   for Restricted Free Agents to sign Offer Sheets.
May   7 Deadline   for Prior Club to exercise Right of First Refusal to Restricted Free Agents.
May   8-10 2014   NFL Draft, New York City, New York.
May   19-21 NFL   Spring League Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia.
June   2 Deadline   for Prior Club to send “June 1 Tender” to its unsigned Unrestricted Free   Agents. If the player has not signed a Player Contract with a Club by July 22   or the first scheduled day of the first NFL training camp, whichever is   later, he may negotiate or sign a Player Contract from that
July   15 At   4:00 p.m., New York time, 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 2014 season, and such contract cannot be extended until after the Club’s   last regular season game.
Mid-July Clubs   are permitted to open preseason training camp for Rookies and First-Year   Players beginning seven days prior to the club’s earliest permissible   mandatory reporting date for veteran players.Veteran   players (defined as a player with at least one pension-credited season) other   than quarterbacks or “injured players” (as defined in CBA Article 21, Section   6) may report to a club’s preseason training camp no earlier than 15 days   prior to the club’s first scheduled preseason game or July 15, whichever is   later.

Veteran   quarterbacks and injured players may be required to report to the club’s   preseason training camp no earlier than five days immediately prior to the   mandatory reporting date for all other veteran players, provided the club has   already opened (or simultaneously opens) its official preseason training camp   for all Rookies and First-Year players.

A   three-day acclimation period will apply to players who are on a club’s roster   up to and including the mandatory veteran reporting date. Players who join   the roster after that date may practice (including wearing pads) and play   immediately after passing a physical.

July   22 Signing   Period ends for Unrestricted Free Agents to whom a “June 1 Tender” was made   by Prior Club. After this date and until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on the   Tuesday following the 10th weekend of the regular season, Prior Club has   exclusive negotiating rights. (* or the first scheduled day of the first NFL   training camp, whichever is later.)
July   22 Signing   Period ends for Transition Players with outstanding tenders. After this date   and until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on the Tuesday following the 10th weekend   of the regular season, Prior Club has exclusive negotiating rights.
September   4, 7-8 Kickoff   Weekend 2014

 

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