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   Important Offseason Dates for 2022

December 02, 2022
Al Lackner

Here is an overview of important NFL dates for 2022 league year. All times are Eastern and all dates are subject to change.

NFL Celebration

Mar. 1-7

NFL Scouting Combine, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana. Mar. 8 Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.

Mar. 14-16

During the period beginning at 12:00 noon, New York time, on March 14 and ending at 3:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 16, 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 2021 player contracts at 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 16.

During the above two-day negotiating period, a prospective UFA who is not represented by an NFLPA Certified Contract Advisor is permitted to communicate directly with a new club?s front office officials (excluding the head coach and other members of the club?s coaching staff) regarding contract negotiations.

No prospective unrestricted free agent is permitted to execute a contract with a new club until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 16.

Mar. 16

The 2022 League Year and Free Agency period begin at 4:00 p.m., New York time. The first day of the 2022 League Year will end at 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 16. 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 16. Mar. 16 Trading period for 2022 begins at 4:00 p.m., New York time, after expiration of all 2021 contracts.

Mar. 27-30

Annual League Meeting, The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida.

April 4

Clubs that hired a new head coach after the end of the 2021 regular season may begin offseason workout programs.

April 18

Clubs with returning head coaches may begin offseason workout programs

April 20

Deadline to bring draft-eligible players to their facilities for a physical examination.

April 22

Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets.

April 27

Deadline for prior club to exercise Right of First Refusal to restricted free agents.

April 27

Deadline to time, test, and interview draft-eligible players.

April 28-30

NFL Draft, Las Vegas, Nevada.

May 2

Deadline for NFL teams to exercise Fifth-Year Options for players selected in the first round of the 2019 draft.

May 6-9 or 13-16

Clubs can hold their three-day rookie minicamps from Friday through Sunday or Saturday through Monday on one of the two weekends following the draft.

May 16

Rookie Football Development Programs begin.

May 19-22

NFLPA Rookie Premiere (tentative).

May 23-25

Spring League Meeting, TBA.

June 1

Deadline for prior club to send "June 1 tender" to its unsigned RFAs who received a qualifying offer for a right of first refusal only in order for such player to be subject to the CBA's "June 15 Tender" provision.

June 15

Deadline for clubs to withdraw qualifying offers to RFAs and still retain exclusive negotiating rights by substituting "June 15 Tender" of one-year contract at 110 percent of the player's prior-year Paragraph 5 Salary (with all other terms of his prior-year contract carried forward unchanged).

Late June

Rookie Readiness Program to be held at individual clubs.

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