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Just a nice little calendar for everybody concerning the NFL offseason. All the important dates so you'll know exactly when teams can do certain roster transactions and when the big events occur.
2013 NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE IMPORTANT DATES
– DATES SUBJECT TO CHANGE –
February 9-10 -- Regional Combine, Orange Coast College-Lebard Stadium, Los Angeles, California
February 16 -- Regional Combine, Methodist Training Center (Texans), Houston, Texas
February 17 -- Regional Combine, Cleveland Browns Training Facility, Cleveland, Ohio
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
The calendar does not mention franchise tag info. The CBA states teams can apply the tag starting 22 days before the new league year, and ending eight days before the new league year. The league year starts March 12 at 4:00 p.m. ET.
2013 PRO DAYS BY DATE (per NFL.com):
March 1: Purdue, Texas-El Paso
March 4: Alabama-Birmingham, Alcorn, Minnesota, North Dakota State, Troy
March 5: Alabama State, Auburn, Buffalo, Jackson State, Northwestern, Southern Mississippi, Youngstown State
March 6: Alabama A&M, Arkansas, Mississippi State, North Alabama, South Florida, Wisconsin
March 7: Arizona, Central Arkansas, Clemson, Furman, Illinois, Miami (Fla.), Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, Syracuse, Washington State
March 8: Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Montana, TCU, Texas A&M
March 11: California (Pa.), Penn State
March 12: Delaware State, Florida, Jacksonville State, Lehigh, Towson, Sacramento State, UCLA
March 13: Alabama, Colorado, Colorado State, Louisiana-Monroe, Marshall, Michigan State, Oklahoma, Rutgers
March 14: Georgia Tech, Tulsa, UNLV, West Alabama, West Virginia
March 18: Air Force, Howard, Valdosta State
March 19: Florida A&M, Florida State, Louisville, Richmond (with Liberty), Virginia
March 20: Ball State, Central Florida, Connecticut, North Carolina State, Tennessee
March 21: Boise State, Eastern Kentucky, Georgia, Kentucky, Stanford
March 22: Missouri Western, Tennessee State, Vanderbilt
March 25: Middle Tennessee State
March 26: McNeese State, North Carolina, North Carolina Central, Texas
March 27: LSU, Louisiana Tech, SMU, USC
March 28: BYU, Coastal Carolina, East Carolina, Louisiana-Lafayette, Yale