Feb 28, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; LSU Tigers defensive back Morris Claiborne does the vertical jump during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Key NFL League-Wide Dates to Watch for Dallas Cowboys


Since we are in full-throttle offseason mode, I thought it might be appropriate to share the key upcoming dates for the NFL.  I know die-hard Cowboys fans are watching closely for upcoming big events, and we are always ready to provide you with the information you need, when you need it.

The next big event to watch is the NFL Combine which will be held February 19-25 in Indianapolis, Indiana, but a quick note on the NFL Regional Combines in the table below.  They are essentially smaller combines for any player who did not get an invite for the main combine in Indiana.  At the regional combines; scouts run players through drills, gather their measurables, and at the end a video of the player’s workout is provided to every NFL team.  The players must pay to participate, so they have to be serious about the workout.  Anyone is eligible for the regional combines including players who have been out of the league for a while.  Media presence is typically scarce at the regional combines, but they do occur every year.

One other important item to note is that since defensive end DeMarcus Ware in 2005, only one other top Cowboys player drafted, cornerback Morris Claiborne in 2012, was not invited to Valley Ranch for an official pre-draft visit.  Head coach Jason Garrett clearly holds the pre-draft visits in high regard, so draftnik’s should keep an eye on who Dallas brings in for visits leading up to the May 8th draft.

The NFL League calendar leading up to the 2014 Kickoff Weekend in September is as follows:

Date

Event

February 17 First day for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.
February 19-25 NFL Scouting Combine, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana.
February 22 NFL Regional Combine, Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, California.
March 1 NFL Regional Combine, One Buccaneer Place, Tampa, Florida.
March 3 Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.
March 8-9 NFL Regional Combine, Atlanta Falcons Training Facility, Flowery Branch, Georgia.
March 8 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 2013 Player Contracts at 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 11. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 11.
March 11 Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must exercise options for 2014 on all players who have option clauses in their 2013 contracts.
March 11 Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must submit Qualifying Offers to their Restricted Free Agents with expiring contracts and to whom they desire to retain a Right of First Refusal/Compensation.
March 11 Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must submit a Minimum Salary Tender to retain exclusive negotiating rights to their players with expiring 2013 contracts and who have fewer than three Accrued Seasons of free agency credit.
March 11 Top-51 Begins. All clubs must be under the 2014 Salary Cap prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time.
March 11 All 2013 player contracts will expire at 4:00 p.m., New York time.
March 11 The 2014 League Year and Free Agency period begin at 4:00 p.m., New York time.The first day of the 2014 League Year will end at 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 11. 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 11.
March 11 Trading period for 2014 begins at 4:00 p.m., New York time, after expiration of all 2013 contracts.
March 15 NFL Regional Combine, Halas Hall, Lake Forest, Illinois.
March 22 NFL Regional Combine, Doctors Hospital Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University, Davie, Florida.
March 22-23 NFL Regional Combine, Virginia Mason Athletic Center, Renton, Washington.
March 23-26 Annual Meeting, Orlando, Florida.
March 29 NFL Regional Combine, Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center, Indianapolis, Indiana.
March 29-30 NFL Regional Combine, Under Armour Performance Center, Owings   Mills, Maryland.
April 7 Clubs that hired a new head coach after the end of the 2013 regular season may begin offseason workout programs.
April 12-13 Super Regional Combine, Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan.
April 21 Clubs with returning head coaches may begin offseason workout programs.
May 2 Deadline for Restricted Free Agents to sign Offer Sheets.
May 7 Deadline for Prior Club to exercise Right of First Refusal to Restricted Free Agents.
May 8-10 2014 NFL Draft, New York City, New York.
May 19-21 NFL Spring League Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia.
June 2 Deadline for Prior Club to send “June 1 Tender” to its unsigned Unrestricted Free Agents. If the player has not signed a Player Contract with   a Club by July 22 or the first scheduled day of the first NFL training camp, whichever is later, he may negotiate or sign a Player Contract from that
July 15 At 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for any Club that designated a Franchise Player to sign such player to a multi-year contract or extension. After this date, the player may sign only a one-year contract with his Prior Club for the 2014 season, and such contract cannot be extended until after the Club’s last regular season game.
Mid-July Clubs are permitted to open preseason training camp for Rookies and First-Year Players beginning seven days prior to the club’s earliest   permissible mandatory reporting date for veteran players.Veteran players (defined as a player with at least one   pension-credited season) other than quarterbacks or “injured players” (as   defined in CBA Article 21, Section 6) may report to a club’s preseason training camp no earlier than 15 days prior to the club’s first scheduled   preseason game or July 15, whichever is later.Veteran quarterbacks and injured players may be required to   report to the club’s preseason training camp no earlier than five days   immediately prior to the mandatory reporting date for all other veteran   players, provided the club has already opened (or simultaneously opens) its official preseason training camp for all Rookies and First-Year players.A three-day acclimation period will apply to players who are on   a club’s roster up to and including the mandatory veteran reporting date.   Players who join the roster after that date may practice (including wearing   pads) and play immediately after passing a physical.
July 22 Signing Period ends for Unrestricted Free Agents to whom a “June 1 Tender” was made by Prior Club. After this date and until 4:00 p.m., New   York time, on the Tuesday following the 10th weekend of the regular season, Prior Club has exclusive negotiating rights. (*or the first scheduled day of the first NFL training camp, whichever is later.)
July 22 Signing Period ends for Transition Players with outstanding   tenders. After this date and until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on the Tuesday   following the 10th weekend of the regular season, Prior Club has exclusive   negotiating rights.
September 4, 7-8 Kickoff Weekend 2014

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  • SmartThinking

    Good info. Thanks.