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Important Dates in 2016 NFL Offseason

Here are some dates to remember this offseason.

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Few NFL teams will enjoy as crazy of an offseason as the Cleveland Browns.

The club will hire a new head coach and general manager, look for a franchise quarterback, and begin a complete rebuild.

In simpler terms, this is a critically important offseason for the Browns.

To prepare you for the upcoming craziness, here are important dates for remember this offseason, courtesy of Joe McAtee at Turf Show Times:

January 4

Earliest permissible date for clubs to renegotiate or extend the rookie contract of a drafted rookie who was selected in any round of the 2013 NFL Draft. 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.

January 4

Option exercise period begins for Fifth-Year Option for First- Round Selections from the 2013 NFL Draft. To exercise the option, the club must give written notice to the player on or after January 4, 2016, but prior to May 3, 2016.

January 9-10

Wild Card Playoffs.

January 10

Assistant coaches under contract to playoff clubs that have byes in the Wild Card weekend may be interviewed for head coaching positions through the conclusion of the Wild Card games.

January 16-17

Divisional Playoffs.

January 17

Assistant coaches under contract to playoff clubs that won their Wild Card games may be interviewed for head coaching positions through the conclusion of Divisional Playoff games.

January 18

Deadline for college players that are underclassmen to apply for special eligibility. A list of players who are accepted into the NFL Draft will be transmitted to clubs on January 22.

January 23

East-West Shrine Game, Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida.

January 24

AFC and NFC Championship Games.

January 30

Senior Bowl, Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama.

January 31

NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii.

January 31

An assistant coach, whose team is participating in the Super Bowl, who has previously interviewed for another club’s head coaching job may have a second interview with such club no later than the Sunday preceding the Super Bowl.

February 7

Super Bowl 50, Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California.

February 22

First day for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.

February 23-29

NFL Scouting Combine, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis

March 7

Beginning at 12 noon, New York time, 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 2015 player contracts at 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 15. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 15.

March 15

The 2016 League Year and Free Agency period begin at 4:00 p.m., New York time.

The first day of the 2016 League Year will end at 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 15. 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 15.

March 15

Trading period for 2016 begins at 4:00 p.m., New York time, after expiration of all 2015 contracts.

March 20-23

Annual League Meeting, Boca Raton, Florida.

April 4

Clubs that hired a new head coach after the end of the 2015 regular season may begin offseason workout programs.

April 18

Clubs with returning head coaches may begin offseason workout programs.

April 22

Deadline for Restricted Free Agents to sign Offer Sheets.

April 27

Deadline for prior club to exercise Right of First Refusal to Restricted Free Agents.

April 28-30

NFL Draft, Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, Illinois.