NFL Offseason Calendar: Combine, Free Agency, Draft, and More

James Lang-US PRESSWIRE

The NFL offseason is in full swing. With the Scouting Combine starting this week, here's another look at the league's offseason calendar. The key dates to remember are March 12, when free agency officially begins with players being allowed to sign with new teams, and April 25-27, when the NFL Draft will take place in New York. You can also find out when the 2013 season will kickoff and more.
Also of note this year, the league will allow teams to begin official negotiations with agents of free agent players earlier than the March 12 date. Agents and teams can negotiate starting March 9.

2013 NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE IMPORTANT DATES

- DATES SUBJECT TO CHANGE -

February 20-26
Combine Timing and Testing, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana.

March 2-3
Regional Combine, Atlantic Health Jets Training Facility, New York/New Jersey

March 9
Regional Combine, One Buccaneer Place, Tampa, Florida

March 10
Regional Combine, Halas Hall (Bears), Chicago, Illinois

March 9-11
Clubs are permitted to enter into contract negotiations with certified agents of players who will be Unrestricted Free Agents at the end of the current League Year.

March 12
Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must exercise options for 2013 on all players who have option clauses in their 2012 contracts.

March 12
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 12
Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must submit a minimum salary offer to retain exclusive negotiating rights to their players with expiring 2012 contracts and who have fewer than three seasons of free agency credit.

March 12
All 2012 player contracts will expire at 4:00 p.m., New York time.

March 12
Top-51 Begins. All clubs must be under the Salary Cap prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time.

March 12
The 2013 League Year and Free Agency period begin at 4:00 p.m., New York time.

March 12
Trading period begins at 4:00 p.m., New York time, for 2013 after expiration of all 2012 contracts.

March 16-17
Regional Combine, Atlanta Falcons Training Facility, Atlanta, Georgia

March 17-20
Annual League Meeting, The Biltmore, Phoenix, Arizona.

March 23-24
Regional Combine, Virginia Mason Athletic Center (Seahawks), Seattle, Washington

March 23-24
Regional Combine, Baltimore Ravens Training Facility, Baltimore, Maryland

April 7-8
Super Regional Combine, Cowboys Stadium, Dallas, Texas

April 25-27
NFL Draft, New York City, New York.

May 20-22
NFL Spring League Meeting, Hyatt-Harborside, Boston, Massachusetts.

September 5, 8-9
NFL Kickoff 2013

September 29
NFL International Series, London, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Minnesota Vikings

October 27
NFL International Series, London, San Francisco 49ers vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

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