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Key dates on the 2019 NFL / Patriots Calendar

Here's a quick look at some important dates on the Patriots / NFL calendar.

​FEBRUARY

February 12

NFL clubs may begin to sign players whose 2019 CFL contracts have expired.

February 19

First day for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.

February 26 - March 4

Combine Timing and Testing, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana.

MARCH

March 5

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

March 11 - 13

During the period beginning at 12 noon, New York time, on March 11th and ending at 35959 p.m., New York time, on March 13th, 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 2018 player contracts at 400 p.m., New York time, on March 13. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 400 p.m., New York time, on March 13.

March 13

The 2019 League Year and Free Agency period begin at 4:00 p.m., New York time.

Trading period for 2019 begins at 400 p.m., New York time, after expiration of all 2018 contracts.

March 24 - 27

Annual League Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona.

APRIL

April 1

Clubs that hired a new head coach after the end of the 2018 regular season may begin offseason workout programs.

April 15

Clubs with returning head coaches may begin offseason workout programs.

April 19

Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets.

April 24

Deadline for prior club to exercise right of first refusal to restricted free agents.

April 25 - 27

NFL Draft, Nashville, Tennessee.

MAY

May 3 - 6

Clubs may elect to hold their one three-day post-Draft rookie minicamp from Friday through Sunday or Saturday through Monday.

May 7

Deadline for prior club to send “May 7 Tender” to its unsigned Unrestricted Free Agents.

May 10 - 13

Clubs may elect to hold their one three-day post-Draft rookie minicamp from Friday through Sunday or Saturday through Monday.

May 13

Rookie Football Development Programs begin.

May 16 - 19

NFLPA Rookie Premiere

May 20 - 22

Spring League Meeting

JUNE

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 2020 league year.

June 3

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 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.

June 16 - 30

Rookie Transition Program to be held at individual clubs.

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 2019 season.

July 22

Signing period ends for Unrestricted Free Agents to whom a “May 7 Tender” was made by prior club. After this date and until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on the Tuesday following the 10th weekend of the regular season, prior club has exclusive negotiating rights.

Signing period ends for Transition Players with outstanding tenders. After this date and until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on the Tuesday following the 10th weekend of the regular season, prior club has exclusive negotiating rights.

AUGUST

August 1

Hall of Fame Game

August 6

Deadline for players under contract to report to their clubs to earn an accrued season for free agency.

If a drafted rookie has not signed with his club by this date, he cannot be traded to any other club in 2019, and may sign a player contract only with the drafting club until the day of the Draft in the 2020 league year.

August 31

Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must reduce rosters to a maximum of 53 players on the Active/Inactive List.

SEPTEMBER

September 1

Claiming period for players placed on waivers at the final roster reduction will expire at 12:00 noon, New York time.

Upon receipt of the Personnel Notice at approximately 1:00 p.m., New York time, clubs may establish a practice squad of 10 players.

September 5

At 12:00 a.m., New York time, the Top 51 Rule expires for all NFL clubs.

September 5 - 8

Regular Season Week 1

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