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2016

January
January 3 17th Week of Regular Season Games. The Dallas Cowboys win their division in convincing fashion.
January 4 Earliest permissible date for clubs to renegotiate or extend the rookie contract of a drafted rookie who was selected in any round of the 2013 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.
January 4 Option exercise period begins for Fifth-Year Option for First- Round Selections from the 2013 NFL Draft. To exercise the option, the club must give written notice to the player on or after January 4, 2016, but prior to May 3, 2016.
January 9-10 Cowboys enjoy their playoff bye.
January 10 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 16-17 Divisional Playoffs.
January 17 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 18 Deadline for college players that are underclassmen to apply for special eligibility. A list of players who are accepted into the NFL Draft will be transmitted to clubs on January 22.
January 23 East-West Shrine Game, Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida.
January 24 AFC and NFC Championship Games.
January 30 Senior Bowl, Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama.
January 31 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii.
January 31 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 7 Super Bowl 50, Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California.
February16 First day for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.
February 23-29 Combine Timing and Testing, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana.
March
March1 Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.
March 7-9 Beginning at 12 noon, New York time, 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 2015 player contracts at 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 9. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 9.
March 9 The 2016 League Year and Free Agency period begin at 4:00 p.m., New York time.
March 9 The first day of the 2016 League Year will end at 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 9. 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 9.
March 9 Trading period for 2016 begins at 4:00 p.m., New York time, after expiration of all 2015 contracts.
March 20-23 Annual League Meeting, Boca Raton, Florida.
April
April 4 Clubs that hired a new head coach after the end of the 2015 regular season may begin offseason workout programs.
April 18 Clubs with returning head coaches may begin offseason workout programs.
April 22 Deadline for Restricted Free Agents to sign Offer Sheets.
April 27 Deadline for prior club to exercise Right of First Refusal to Restricted Free Agents.
April 28-30 NFL Draft.
May
May 6-9
First weekend after the NFL Draft: clubs may elect to hold their one three-day post-draft rookie minicamp from Friday through Sunday or Saturday through Monday.
May 9
Rookie Football Development Program Begins.
May 13-16
Second weekend after the NFL Draft: clubs may elect to hold their one three-day post-draft rookie minicamp from Friday through Sunday or Saturday through Monday.
May 19-22
NFLPA Rookie Premiere. Invited Rookies (typically, first and/or second-round selections) must be permitted by their respective clubs to attend. Such players are unavailable for offseason workouts, OTA days, and minicamps during this period.
May 23-25
NFL Spring League Meeting, Charlotte, North Carolina.
June
June 1
Deadline for prior club to send "June 1 Tender" to its unsigned Restricted Free Agents who received a qualifying offer for a Right of First Refusal Only in order for such player to be subject to the CBA’s "June 15 Tender" provision.
June 2
For any player removed from the club’s roster or whose contract is assigned via waivers or trade on or after June 2, any unamortized signing bonus amounts for future years will be included fully in Team Salary at the start of the 2017 League Year.
June 15
Deadline for club to withdraw qualifying offer to Restricted Free Agents and still retain exclusive negotiating rights by substituting "June 15 Tender" of one-year contract at 110 percent of the player’s prior-year Paragraph 5 Salary (with all other terms of his prior-year contract carried forward unchanged).
July
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 multiyear contract or extension. After this date, the player may sign only a one-year contract with his prior club for the 2016 season, and such contract cannot be extended until after the club’s last regular season game.