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.
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.
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.
Wild Card Playoffs.
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.
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.
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.
East-West Shrine Game, Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida.
AFC and NFC Championship Games.
Senior Bowl, Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama.
NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii.
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.
Super Bowl 50, Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California.
First day for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.
NFL Scouting Combine, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis
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.
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.
Trading period for 2016 begins at 4:00 p.m., New York time, after expiration of all 2015 contracts.
Annual League Meeting, Boca Raton, Florida.
Clubs that hired a new head coach after the end of the 2015 regular season may begin offseason workout programs.
Clubs with returning head coaches may begin offseason workout programs.
Deadline for Restricted Free Agents to sign Offer Sheets.
Deadline for prior club to exercise Right of First Refusal to Restricted Free Agents.
NFL Draft, Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, Illinois.