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Key dates on the 2022 NFL / Patriots Calendar

A calendar of important upcoming dates for the NFL and the New England Patriots.

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Here's a quick look at some important dates on the Patriots / NFL calendar. All dates are subject to change.

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 2022 season, and such contract cannot be extended until after the Club's last regular season game.
  • Starting July 15, or the first day club begins its Training Camp, whichever is earlier and concluding at 4:00 p.m. (New York time), on the day of the roster reduction to 53 players, players in the Reserve List categories of Drafted, Unsigned, Exclusive Rights, First Refusal Rights, Unrestricted Free Agents with an individually negotiated Right of First Refusal, Franchise, and Transition will not count against the overall 90-player limit.

July 22

  • At 4:00 p.m., New York time, 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.
  • At 4:00 p.m., New York time, Signing Period ends for Unrestricted Free Agents to whom a "UFA 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.
    *or the first scheduled day of the first NFL training camp, whichever is later.

July 26

July 27

  • Patriots first Training Camp session on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium. Open to the public.

July 28 - 30

AUGUST

August 4

  • Hall of Fame Game, Jacksonville vs. Las Vegas, Canton, Ohio.

August 4 - 7

  • Hall of Fame Weekend, Canton, Ohio.

August 9

  • If a Drafted Rookie has not signed with his club by this date, he cannot be traded to any other club in 2022 and may sign a Player Contract only with the drafting club until the day of the Draft in the 2023 League Year.

August 11 - 14

  • First Preseason Weekend.

August 11

  • Patriots open the preseason at Gillette Stadium hosting the New York Giants.

August 13 - 17

  • Each Club has until five days prior to its second preseason game to provide any tendered, but unsigned Exclusive Rights Player or Restricted Free Agent with written notice of the club's intent to place the player on the Exempt List if the player fails to report at least the day before the club's second preseason game. Such notice must also be sent to the NFLPA.
    Once such notice has been provided, the club must place the player on the Exempt List. While on the Exempt List, the player will not be entitled to compensation for up to three regular-season games, depending upon the date the player reports to the club.
    Any such player who fails to report prior to the deadline will be ineligible to play or receive compensation for at least three games (preseason or regular season) from the time that he reports.

August 16

  • Prior to 4:00 p.m. (New York time), clubs must reduce rosters to a maximum of 85 players on the Active / Inactive List.

August 23

  • Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must reduce rosters to a maximum of 80 players on the Active/Inactive List.
    Simultaneously with the roster reduction to 80 players, clubs that have players in the categories of Active/Physically Unable to Perform or Active/Non-Football Injury or Illness may select one of the following options: place player on Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform or Reserve/Non-Football Injury or Illness, whichever is applicable; terminate or request waivers with the designation of Failed Physical or Non- Football Injury or Illness, whichever is applicable; request waivers; terminate contract; trade contract; or continue to count the player on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform or Active/Non-Football Injury or Illness List.

August 30

  • Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must reduce rosters to a maximum of 53 players on the Active/Inactive List.
    Simultaneously with the roster reduction to 53 players, clubs that have players in the categories of Active/Physically Unable to Perform or Active/Non-Football Injury or Illness must select one of the following options: place player on Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform or Reserve/Non-Football Injury or Illness, whichever is applicable; terminate or request waivers with the designation of Failed Physical or Non- Football Injury or Illness, whichever is applicable; request waivers; terminate contract; trade contract; or continue to count the player on the Active List.
    Players who are on the Reserve List or Exempt List and are not counting against the 90-player limit will begin to count against the 90-player limit.

August 31

  • 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 subsequent Personnel Notice, clubs may establish a Practice Squad of 16 players, (clubs participating in the International Player Development Program may sign one additional international player to a Practice Player Contract.) No club, including the player's prior club, will be permitted to sign a player to a Practice Player Contract until all clubs have received simultaneous notification via the above Personnel Notice that such player's prior NFL Player Contract has been terminated via the waiver system.
  • Beginning at 4:00 p.m., New York time, any player placed on Reserve/Injured, Reserve/Non-Football Injury or Illness, or Practice Squad; Injured during the regular season or postseason, may be designated for return later in the season, subject to the applicable procedures.

SEPTEMBER

September 5 - 10

  • In accordance with the Personnel (Injury) Report Policy, each club is required to file a Practice Report with the NFL Communications department by 4:00 p.m., New York time, (or as soon as possible after the completion of practice) every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for a regular season Sunday game; Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday for a Thursday game; Thursday, Friday, and Saturday for a Monday game; and Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for a Saturday game.
    Each club must also file a weekly regular season Game Status Report with the NFL Communications department by 4:00 p.m., New York time (or as soon as possible after the completion of practice) on Wednesday for a Thursday game, Friday for a Sunday game, Saturday for a Monday game, and Thursday for a Saturday game. An update must be reported if there is any change in a player's condition after the initial Game Status Report is filed.

September 7

  • At 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for all NFL Player Contracts, Practice Player Contracts, tender offers, and miscellaneous amounts to fit within each Club's 2022 Salary Cap, in anticipation of the midnight expiration of the Top 51 Rule.

September 8

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

September 8, 11-12

  • First Week of Regular Season Games.

September 11

  • Patriots open the regular season on the road against the Miami Dolphins.

September 9, 12-13

  • Beginning on these dates, any player with at least four previous pension-credited seasons who is released from his Club's Active List or Inactive List (or from his Club's Reserve/Injured List if placement occurred after the club's first regular season game) is entitled to claim Termination Pay, after the end of the regular season, subject to the terms and conditions of CBA Article 30.

September 30, October 3-4

  • Beginning on the day after a club's fourth regular season game (including any bye week), it is permitted to begin practicing players on Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform and Reserve/Non-Football Injury or Illness (if the player failed his preseason physical due to a non-football injury or illness) for a period not to exceed 21 days. Players may be activated during the 21-day practice period, or prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, on the day after the conclusion of the 21-day period.

OCTOBER

October 18 - 19

  • Fall League Meeting, New York, NY

NOVEMBER

November 1

  • All trading ends for 2022 at 4:00 p.m., New York time.

November 2

  • Players with at least four previous pension-credited seasons are subject to the waiver system for the remainder of the regular season and postseason.

November 7

  • Any increase in a player's 2022 Salary from a renegotiation or extension that is received by the Management Council after 4:00 p.m., New York time, on this day, will be treated as Signing Bonus, and prorated over the entire term of the Player Contract, including 2022.

November 15

  • At 4:00 p.m., New York time, signing period ends for Franchise Players who are eligible to receive Offer Sheets.
  • Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for Clubs to sign their unsigned Franchise and Transition Players, including Franchise Players who were eligible to receive Offer Sheets until this date. If still unsigned after this date, such players are prohibited from playing in NFL in 2022.
  • Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for Clubs to sign their Unrestricted Free Agents to whom the "UFA Tender" was made. If still unsigned after this date, such players are prohibited from playing in NFL in 2022.
  • Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for Clubs to sign their Restricted Free Agents, including those to whom the "June 1 Tender" was made. If such players remain unsigned after this date, they are prohibited from playing in NFL in 2022.

DECEMBER

December 1, 3, 5

  • Deadline at 4:00 p.m. (New York time), on the last business day prior to a club's Week 13 game for reinstatement of players in Reserve List categories of Retired, Did Not Report, and Exclusive Rights, and of players who were placed on Reserve / Left Squad in a previous season.

December 13 - 14

  • Special League Meeting, Four Seasons-Las Colinas, Irving, TX.

2023

JANUARY

January 7

  • A claiming period of 24 hours shall be in effect for any waivers requested during the period from the Saturday of the final regular season weekend through the conclusion of the final postseason game, except for waiver requests on Friday and Saturday of each week, which shall expire at 4:00 p.m. (New York time), on the following Monday.
    Assignment of player contracts will be deferred until the first business day after the Pro Bowl or the Super Bowl, whichever occurs later.
    Terminations of player contracts will occur at the expiration of the claiming period.
    A club that is participating in the playoffs may sign players whose contracts have been terminated to its Active / Inactive List, Practice Squad, or Reserve / Future List. A club whose playing season has concluded may sign such players to its Reserve/Future List only.

January 9

  • Clubs may begin signing free agent players for the 2023 season.
  • Earliest permissible date for clubs to renegotiate or extend the Rookie Contract of a Drafted Rookie who was selected in any round of the 2020 College Draft or any Undrafted Rookie who signed in 2021. 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.
  • Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must provide the Management Council with written notice, signed by the individual club's owner, indicating the amount, if any, of the club's 2022 League Year Salary Cap Room to be credited to the club's 2023 Team Salary.

January 14-16

  • Wild Card Games

January 21-22

  • Divisional Playoff Games.

January 29

  • AFC & NFC Championship Games.

FEBRUARY

February 5

  • Pro Bowl

February 12

  • Super Bowl LVII (State Farm Stadium, Glendale, AZ)

February 13

  • Waiver system begins for 2023. A 24-hour claiming period will be in effect through the Friday prior to the last regular season game (waiver requests made on Friday and Saturday of each week will expire at 4:00 p.m., New York time, on the following Monday.) Players with at least four previous pension-credited seasons whom a club desires to terminate are not subject to the waiver system until after the trading deadline.
  • Beginning the first business day after the Super Bowl through the opening of the first training camp for Rookies in 2023, clubs must report all tryouts and visits to the League office; however, such transactions will not be reported to other clubs.

February 21

  • Beginning this date through 4:00 p.m. (New York time) on March 7 clubs may designate Franchise or Transition Players.

February 28 - March 6

  • NFL Scouting Combine (Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN)

All dates and times are subject to change.

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