NFL Offseason Calendar 2013: Free agency, Draft, Combine and other important dates

Marc Serota

When are the most important dates in the offseason?

The offseason's coming, and that means we have lots of different deadlines and events on different dates. It can get a mess to keep track of everything, so I thought I'd just post the full league calendar here. I've highlighted a few important dates: the East-West Shrine Game on January 19, the Senior Bowl on January 26, the start of the league year on March 12, the Scouting Combine on April 7-8, and the NFL Draft on April 25-27.

March 12 is, for now, the most important date to keep in mind. That's when the new league year starts, free agency opens, the deadline to tag franchise players and extend tenders to restricted free agents expires, and when teams can start conducting trades again.

Full Calendar:

January 15 -- Deadline for underclassmen to petition for special eligibility for the 2013 NFL Draft.

January 19 -- East-West Shrine Game, Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida.

January 20 -- AFC and NFC Championship Games.

January 24-25 -- Regional Combine, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii

January 26 -- Senior Bowl, Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama.

January 27 -- AFC-NFC Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii.

January 27 -- 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 2 -- Texas vs. Nation College All-Star Game, Eagle Stadium, Allen, Texas.

February 3 -- Super Bowl XLVII, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana.

February 9-10 -- Regional Combine, Orange Coast College-Lebard Stadium, Los Angeles, California

February 16 -- Regional Combine, Methodist Training Center (Texans), Houston, Texas

February 17 -- Regional Combine, Cleveland Browns Training Facility, Cleveland, Ohio

February 20-26 -- Combine Timing and Testing, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana.

March 2-3 -- Regional Combine, Atlantic Health Jets Training Facility, New York/New Jersey

March 9 -- Regional Combine, One Buccaneer Place, Tampa, Florida

March 10 -- Regional Combine, Halas Hall (Bears), Chicago, Illinois

March 9-11 -- Clubs are permitted to enter into contract negotiations with certified agents of players who will be Unrestricted Free Agents at the end of the current League Year.

March 12 -- Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must exercise options for 2013 on all players who have option clauses in their 2012 contracts.

March 12 -- 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 12 -- Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must submit a minimum salary offer to retain exclusive negotiating rights to their players with expiring 2012 contracts and who have fewer than three seasons of free agency credit.

March 12 -- All 2012 player contracts will expire at 4:00 p.m., New York time.

March 12 -- Top-51 Begins. All clubs must be under the Salary Cap prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time.

March 12 -- The 2013 League Year and Free Agency period begin at 4:00 p.m., New York time.

March 12 -- Trading period begins at 4:00 p.m., New York time, for 2013 after expiration of all 2012 contracts.

March 16-17 -- Regional Combine, Atlanta Falcons Training Facility, Atlanta, Georgia

March 17-20 -- Annual League Meeting, The Biltmore, Phoenix, Arizona.

March 23-24 -- Regional Combine, Virginia Mason Athletic Center (Seahawks), Seattle, Washington

March 23-24 -- Regional Combine, Baltimore Ravens Training Facility, Baltimore, Maryland

April 7-8 -- Super Regional Combine, Cowboys Stadium, Dallas, Texas

April 25-27 -- NFL Draft, New York City, New York.

May 20-22 -- NFL Spring League Meeting, Hyatt-Harborside, Boston, Massachusetts.

September 5, 8-9 -- NFL Kickoff 2013

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