2017 Key NFL Dates – Offseason To Super Bowl 52
It’s one of the worst days of the year, the first Sunday without football. After 22 weeks of fans watching NFL teams play the greatest sport there is, now comes major depression that words cannot describe. Although there are no meaningful games left to play for the next seven months, that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything to look forward to.
Ed Note: Dates will be added/updated as they become available
The NFL has changed; it’s now a league that holds fans attention for the entire year and many fans like to say there is no real offseason. With that in mind (and a big thank you to NFL.com), here are some key dates from the offseason to Super Bowl 52 that fans can get excited about.
2017 Jan 28 – Senior Bowl
2017 Jan 29 – Pro Bowl
2017 Feb 15: First day you can tag a player via Franchise or Transition.
2017 February 28-March 06: For many the “Underwear Olympics” is the most exciting aspect of the offseason excepting the NFL Draft itself. Many a millionaire has been made at this event. A few sure fire stars have walked away failing to even be drafted after showing poorly in interviews. You have to watch. How can you not?
2017 March 1: The last day (deadline) teams can tag players.
2017 March 7-9: Free agency opens at 4 PM, kind of. This is when teams can talk with agents (not players) and nothing can be signed or agreed to. Right. How dumb do they think people are?
2017 March 9: The 2016 League Year Begins!
- Free Agency begins 4 PM EST
- All player contract options must be exercised by 4 PM EST
- All player qualifying offers to RFA’s must be submitted by 4 PM EST
Now that makes for a busy day. Free Agency (really) begins and there will be a flurry of signings. Bad signings for teams usually come during this period. Smart signings for teams usually comes later.
2017 March 26-29: The annual league meeting.
2017 April 3: If your team hired a new head coach at the end of the 2015 regular season workout programs can begin now (early) for you. No wonder players love regime changes.
2017 April 17: Regular offseason workout programs may begin. Vets, rooks, the whole nine yards.
2017 April 21: RFA players deadline to sign their offer sheets.
2017 April 27-29: The 2017 NFL Draft kicks off.
****** AFTER the last draft pick teams may IMMEDIATELY begin signing UDFA players who were eligible yet not drafted.******
2017 May 5-8 OR May 12-15: This is the three-day post-draft rookie mini-camp each team can have. They have a choice of doing it on the first or second weekend after the 2016 NFL Draft.
2017 May 20-23: NFLPA Rookie Premiere. Big name rookies (first and second rounders) attend this event and are excused from other activities. This is by club permission only.
2017 May 23-25: NFL League Spring Meeting.
2017 June 1: This is all legal stuff. A “June 1 Tender” must be sent to a teams unsigned RFA’s who received a qualifying “Right of First Refusal” offer in order to subject said player to the “June 15 Tender” provision. Got it? Crossing some t’s, dotting some i’s.If a UFA got an offer and you want a shot at some compensation you have to submit your paper work by this date.
2017 June 19-25: Rookie Symposium, this time in Aurora, Ohio. As some rookies are seemingly not aware, attendance is mandatory.
2017 July 15: Deadline to sign any designated Franchise Player to a multi-year contract or extension. After this date only a one year contract that expires the last game of the season can be signed.
2017 Mid-July: Training Camps Open – We will be posting actual camp dates under the team names below as they become available.
2017 Aug 3: The 2017 Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio
2017 Aug 5: Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony.
2017 Aug XX: – NFL Preseason Week 1
2017 Aug XX: Roster reduction to 75 players by 4 PM EST
2017 Sep XX: Final Preseason Game
2017 Sep XX: – Roster reduction to final 53 by 4 PM EST
2017 Sep XX: Regular Season Begins
2017 Nov XX: – 2016 Season Trade Deadline
2017 Dec XX: End of 2016 Regular Season
2018 Feb XX: Super Bowl 51
These are the major dates to look forward to as we prepare for another NFL season. It’s a long offseason, but it doesn’t sit silently.
What say you Sports Nation?
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