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Key dates on the 2023/24 NFL and Patriots Calendar

A calendar of important upcoming dates for the NFL and the New England Patriots in 2023 and 2024.

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

2023

NOVEMBER

November 1

  • 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 5

  • NFL International Game at Frankfurt Stadium (Frankfurt, Germany) Miami Dolphins vs. Kansas City Chiefs

November 12

  • NFL International Game at Frankfurt Stadium (Frankfurt, Germany) Indianapolis Colts vs. New England Patriots

November 14

  • 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 2023.
  • 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 2023.
  • 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 2023.

DECEMBER

December 12-13

  • Special League Meeting/Front Office Accelerator, Irving, TX

2024

JANUARY

January 6-7

  • NFL Week 18

January 8

  • Clubs may begin signing free agent players for the 2024 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 2021 NFL Draft or any undrafted rookie who signed in 2022. 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.
  • Clubs may exercise fifth-year options for players selected in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft.

January 10

  • Beginning at 4:00 p.m., New York time, on the Wednesday following the final regular season weekend, rosters are frozen for clubs participating in the postseason with limited exceptions.

January 13-15

  • Wild Card Playoff Games

January 15

  • Special Eligibility Deadline. Deadline for college players who are underclassmen to apply for Special Eligibility. A list of underclassmen who have been approved for entry into the 2024 NFL Draft will be sent to clubs on January 19.

January 20-21

  • Divisional Playoff Games

January 28

  • AFC and NFC Championship Games

FEBRUARY

February 4

  • Pro Bowl Games

February 11

  • Super Bowl LVIII, Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas

February 20

  • Beginning this date through 4:00 p.m., New York time on March 5, clubs may designate Franchise or Transition Players.

February 27 – March 4

  • NFL Scouting Combine, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis

All dates and times are subject to change.

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