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Thu., Mar. 23, 2017 11:55 AM to 2:00 PM EDT
Thu., Mar. 23, 2017 2:00 PM to 11:59 PM EDT
Fri., Mar. 24, 2017 12:00 AM to 11:59 PM EDT
Key dates on the 2017 NFL/Patriots Calendar
Here's a quick look at some important dates on the NFL calendar. Read
3/7 - 3/9 -- 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 2016 Player Contracts at 400 p.m., New York time, on March 9. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 400 p.m., New York time, on March 9.
3/9 -- Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must exercise options for 2017 on all players who have option clauses in their 2016 contracts.
3/9 -- The 2017 league year and free agency period begin at 4:00 p.m., New York time.
3/9 -- Trading period for 2017 begins at 4:00 p.m., New York time, after expiration of all 2016 contracts.
3/26 - 3/29 -- Annual League Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona. Read
4/3 -- Clubs that hired a new head coach after the end of the 2016 regular season may begin offseason workout programs.
4/17 -- Clubs with returning head coaches may begin offseason workout programs.
4/21 -- Deadline for Restricted Free Agents to sign Offer Sheets.
4/27 - 4/29 -- 2017 NFL Draft, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Read
5/9 -- Deadline for Prior Club to send "May 9 Tender" to its unsigned Unrestricted Free Agents. If the player has not signed a Player Contract with a club by July 22 or the first scheduled day of the first NFL training camp, whichever is later, he may negotiate or sign a Player Contract from that date until the Tuesday following the 10th weekend of the regular season, at 4:00 p.m., New York time, only with his Prior Club.
5/18 - 5/21 -- 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.
5/22 - 5/24 -- Spring League Meeting, Chicago, Illinois. Read
7/15 -- 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 oneyear contract with his prior club for the 2017 season, and such contract cannot be extended until after the club's last regular season game. Read