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If the Cowboys can't reach an agreement on a contract extension with Anthony Spencer by July 15, Spencer plays the season under the $10.6 million franchise tag. We've got this and other important dates for the Cowboys lined up below.

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The NFL has released the complete 2013-2014 league calendar, and there are a few important dates worth pointing out as they pertain to the Dallas Cowboys. Let's take a look:

  • July 15: Deadline for franchise tagged players to sign multi-year contract extensions. If no deal is reached by this date, a franchised player can only play on a one-year deal in 2013. This is the Spencer deadline.
  • July 21: First practice of Cowboys Training camp in Oxnard, CA.
  • August 15: Last practice of training camp. The team breaks camp on Friday, August 16, and travels to Phoenix for the preseason game against the Cardinals on Saturday.
  • August 27: 4PM ET deadline for teams to reduce their rosters to 75 players.
  • August 31: 6PM ET deadline for teams to reduce their rosters to 53 players.
  • September 1: Players released the day prior can be claimed on waivers until 12PM ET. Once Noon hits, those players are free agents and practice squads can start being formed.
  • October 29: The NFL's trade deadline expires at 4PM ET.
  • November 13: The Cowboys host the Oakland Raiders in the annual Thanksgiving Day Game.
  • December 29: 17th Week of Regular Season Games. The Dallas Cowboys win their division in convincing fashion.

For future reference, you can find the full NFL calendar with these and other dates in the Library section here on BTB:

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