NFL Releases List of 2014 Key Dates

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Free Agency/Franchise Tag Designation Dates

March 3

Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.

March 8-9
Regional Combine, Atlanta Falcons Training Facility, Flowery Branch, Georgia.

March 8
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 2013 Player Contracts at 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 11. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 11.

March 11
Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must exercise options for 2014 on all players who have option clauses in their 2013 contracts.

March 11
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 11
Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must submit a Minimum Salary Tender to retain exclusive negotiating rights to their players with expiring 2013 contracts and who have fewer than three Accrued Seasons of free agency credit.

March 11
Top-51 Begins. All clubs must be under the 2014 Salary Cap prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time.

March 11
All 2013 player contracts will expire at 4:00 p.m., New York time.

 

March 11
The 2014 League Year and Free Agency period begin at 4:00 p.m., New York time.

The first day of the 2014 League Year will end at 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 11. 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 11.

March 11
Trading period for 2014 begins at 4:00 p.m., New York time, after expiration of all 2013 contracts.
March 15
NFL Regional Combine, Halas Hall, Lake Forest, Illinois.
March 22
NFL Regional Combine, Doctors Hospital Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University, Davie, Florida.
March 22-23
NFL Regional Combine, Virginia Mason Athletic Center, Renton, Washington.
March 23-26
Annual Meeting, Orlando, Florida.
March 29
NFL Regional Combine, Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center, Indianapolis, Indiana.
March 29-30
NFL Regional Combine, Under Armour Performance Center, Owings Mills, Maryland.
April 7
Clubs that hired a new head coach after the end of the 2013 regular season may begin offseason workout programs.
April 12-13
Super Regional Combine, Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan.
April 21
Clubs with returning head coaches may begin offseason workout programs.
May 2
Deadline for Restricted Free Agents to sign Offer Sheets.
May 7
Deadline for Prior Club to exercise Right of First Refusal to Restricted Free Agents.

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