2014/15 NFL Calendar

2014

August
Aug 23 Third Preseason Weekend. Cowboys at Dolphins
Aug 26 Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must reduce their rosters to a maximum of 75 players on the active list.
Aug 27 All tryouts on this date and for the remainder of the season must be reported to the league office.
Aug 28 Final Preseason Games. Broncos at Cowboys.
Aug 30 Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must reduce rosters to a maximum of 53 players on the active/inactive List.
Aug 30 Simultaneously with the cut-down to 53, clubs that have players in the categories of Active/Physically Unable to Perform or Active/Non-Football Injury or Illness must select one of the following options: place player on Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform or Reserve/Non-Football Injury or Illness, whichever is applicable; request waivers; terminate contract; trade contract; or continue to count the player on the active list.
Aug 31 Claiming period for players placed on waivers at the final roster reduction will expire at 12:00 noon, New York time.
Aug 31 Beginning at 12:00 noon, New York time, clubs may establish a practice squad of ten players by signing free agents who do not have an accrued season of free agency credit or who were on the 46-player active list for less than nine regular season games during each of any accrued seasons. A player cannot serve on the practice squad for more than three seasons.
Aug 31 Final day of preseason training camp for all clubs, as defined in CBA Article 23, Section 9.
September
Sep 2 After 4:00 p.m., New York time, a club is permitted to place a player on Reserve/Injured as "Designated for Return."
Sep 3 At 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for all NFL player contracts, practice player contracts, tender offers, and miscellaneous amounts to fit within each club’s 2014 salary cap, in anticipation of the midnight expiration of the Top 51 Rule.
Sep 4 At 12:00 a.m., New York time, the Top 51 Rule expires for all NFL clubs.
Sep 7 Regular Season opener, 49ers at Cowboys
sep 23 Beginning on the Tuesday following the third weekend of regular season games, the claiming priority is based on the inverse order of the standing of clubs in the current season’s games.
October
October 14 Beginning the day after the conclusion of the sixth regular season weekend and continuing through the day after the conclusion of the eleventh regular season weekend, clubs are permitted to begin practicing players on Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform and Reserve/Non-Football Injury or Illness for a period not to exceed 21 days. Players may be activated during the 21-day practice period or prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, on the day after the conclusion of the 21-day period.
October 28 All trading ends for 2014 at 4:00 p.m., New York time.
October 29 Players with at least four previous pension-credited seasons are subject to the waiver system for the remainder of the regular season and postseason.
November
Nov 9 NFL International Series, Dallas Cowboys vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, London, England.
December
December 27 Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must provide the Management Council with written notice, signed by the individual club’s owner, indicating the amount, if any, of the club’s 2014 league year salary cap room to be credited to the club’s 2015 team salary.
December 28 17th Week of Regular Season Games. Cowboys at Redskins.
December 29 Clubs may begin signing free agent players for the 2015 season.
December 29 Earliest permissible date for clubs to renegotiate or extend the rookie contract of a drafted rookie who was selected in any round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Any permissible renegotiated or extended player contract will not be considered a rookie contract, and will not be subject to the rules that limit rookie contracts.
December 29 Option exercise period begins for Fifth-Year Option for first-round selections from the 2012 NFL Draft. To exercise the option, the club must give written notice to the player on or after December 29, 2014 but prior to May 3, 2015.

2015

January
January 3-4 Wild Card Playoff Games.
January 4 Assistant coaches under contract to playoff clubs that have byes in the Wild Card weekend may be interviewed for head coaching positions through the conclusion of the Wild Card games.
January 10-11 Divisional Playoff Games.
January 11 Assistant coaches under contract to playoff clubs that won their Wild Card games may be interviewed for head coaching positions through the conclusion of Divisional Playoff games.
January 17 East-West Shrine Game, Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida.
January 18 AFC and NFC Championship Games.
January 24 Senior Bowl, Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama.
January 25 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl, University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona.
January 25 An assistant coach, whose team is participating in the Super Bowl, who has previously interviewed for another club’s head coaching job may have a second interview with such club no later than the Sunday preceding the Super Bowl.
February
February 1 Super Bowl XLIX, University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona.
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