Now that we are in offseason mode in the NFL, it is appropriate to look at the important dates coming up on the league calendar, including dates related to the combine, free agency, and the NFL Draft.
NFL Scouting Combine
It might be the offseason, but that doesn’t mean there is much downtime in terms of football discussion. From February 26th - March 4th, 2019, the NFL Combine will take place in Indianapolis.
Franchise Tag, Free Agency, and NFL Draft Dates
Here are some other important upcoming league dates (for the year 2019) to be aware of:
- February 19th: Teams can begin applying the franchise or transition tag to players on their team.
- March 5th: The final day to declare a franchise player, before 4:00 PM ET.
- March 11th - March 13th: Teams can begin entering contract negotiations with players who will be unrestricted free agents. Qualifying offers to restricted free agents and offers to unrestricted free agents who the team wants to retain should also be made during this stretch.
- March 13th: At 4:00 PM ET, free agency officially begins, and teams may begin signing players or trading players who are still under contract. Additionally, all teams must be under the salary cap at this time.
- March 24th - March 27th: Annual League Meeting, Phoenix, AZ
- April 1st: Clubs that hired a new head coach after the end of the 2018 regular season may begin offseason workout programs. This includes the Browns. Teams with returning coaches begin April 15th.
- April 19th: Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets.
- April 25th - April 27th: NFL Draft, Nashville, TN
- May 20th - May 22nd: NFL Spring League Meeting, Key Biscayne, FL
You can find the entire details of the league calendar here.