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   2017 Off-Season Schedule

November 25, 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

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