Tuesday, February 03, 2009

There really is a great deal going on

There is a tendency for all who love the NFL to feel something of a let down following the Super Bowl ~ especially when the Steelers win that game ~ in the mistaken belief that there is no more football. In an effort to disabuse you all of that notion we share with you the NFL calender of events between now and next season (emphasis added).

February 8
AFC-NFC Pro Bowl, Honolulu, Hawaii (NBC).

February 18-24
NFL Scouting Combine, Indianapolis, Indiana.

February 19
Deadline for clubs to designate franchise and transition players.

February 26
Deadline for submission of qualifying offers by clubs to their restricted free agents whose contracts have expired and to whom they desire to retain a right of first refusal/compensation.

Deadline for clubs to submit offer of minimum salary to retain exclusive negotiating rights to their players with fewer than three seasons of free agency credit whose contracts have expired.

February 27
Veteran free agency signing period begins.

Trading period begins.

March 22-25
NFL Annual Meeting

April 17
Signing period ends for restricted free agents.

April 24
Deadline for old club to exercise right of first refusal to restricted free agents.

April 25-26
NFL Draft

June 1
Deadline for old clubs to send tender to unsigned unrestricted free agents to receive exclusive negotiating rights for rest of season if player is not signed by another club by July 22.

Deadline for old clubs to send tender to unsigned restricted free agents or to extend qualifying offer to retain exclusive negotiating rights.

June 15
Deadline for old clubs to withdraw original qualifying offer to unsigned restricted free agents and still retain exclusive negotiating rights by substituting tender of 110 percent of previous year’s salary.

Mid-July
Training camps open.

July 22
Signing period ends at 4:00 PM ET for unrestricted free agents who received June 1 tender.

August 9
Pro Football Hall of Fame Game [Bills v. Titans] Canton, Ohio.

August 13-17
First preseason weekend.

September 1
Roster cutdown to maximum of 75 players.

September 5
Roster cutdown to maximum of 53 players.

September 10-14
Kickoff 2009 Weekend.

Between the Combine, the NFL Draft, free agency alone there is plenty to keep our collective attention until training camp opens in July!

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