The 2016-17 NFL season is officially over with the Patriots winning the Super Bowl, so naturally we’re already looking forward to next year.
The NFL Combine begins on February 28 and lasts until March 6. The event will be held once again at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN.
Here’s a full schedule of the combine:
Feb. 28: Day one players arrive: Place kicking, special teams, offensive linemen, running backs.
March 1: Day two players arrive: Quarterbacks, wide receivers, tight ends.
March 2: Day three players arrive: Defensive line and linebackers.
March 3: Day four players arrive: Defensive backs. Also, day one players begin workouts.
March 4. Day two players begin workouts.
March 5. Day three players begin workouts.
March 6: Day four players being workouts.
March 7-9 is an open window for teams to start contract talks with unrestricted free agents. This time is unformally known as the “Legal Tampering Period” since teams are allowed to speak with players from other teams.
After 4:00 p.m. on March 9th is when the new league year officially begins. Since teams had the brief open period before this day, the first few hours of free agency are often pretty hectic with players signing left and right.
The NFL Draft begins April 27 and lasts to the 29th. This year, the event will be held in the City of Brotherly Love: Philadelphia, PA.
NFL offseason schedule 2017
February 6: Waiver system begins for 2017 NFL season. Teams can extend current contracts and exercise outstanding options.
February 14 (12PM ET): NFL teams may begin signing Canadian Football League players whose 2016 contracts are expired.
February 15: NFL teams may begin designating Franchise or Transition players.
February 28 – March 6: NFL Scouting Combine
March 1 (4:00 PM ET): Deadline for teams to designate Franchise or Transition players.
March 7 – March 9: NFL teams may begin contract negotiations with the agents of players who will become Unrestricted Free Agents.
March 9 (Before 4:00PM ET):
Deadline for NFL teams to exercise options for 2017 on any player with option clauses in their 2016 contracts.
NFL teams must submit qualifying offers to players with expiring contracts who will become Restricted Free Agents.
NFL teams must submit a Minimum Salary Tender to players who will become Exclusive-Rights Free Agents (expiring contracts and fewer than 3 accrued seasons).
March 9 (After 4:00PM ET): 2017 NFL league year begins, all 2016 contracts expire.
March 26-29: Annual League Meeting, Phoenix
Mid-April: NFL will announce the 2017 schedule (around third week of the month)
April 21: Deadline for Restricted Free Agents to sign offer sheets.
April 27-29: 2017 NFL Draft, Philadelphia
Early May: Rookie mini-camps begin league-wide
May 18-21: NFLPA Rookie Premiere
May 22-23: Spring League Meeting, Chicago
Late May to mid-June: OTA beginsa league-wide
July 15 (4:00 PM ET): Deadline for Franchise-tagged players to sign multi-year extensions. Following this deadline, a player can only sign the one-year Franchise tender.
Mid-July: Clubs are permitted to open preseason training camp for rookies and first-year players beginning seven days prior to the clubas earliest permissible mandatory reporting date for veteran players.
August 3: Beginning of NFL preseason, Hall of Fame Game, Canton, Ohio
August 5: Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony
September 7: 2017 NFL regular season begins