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   Important Offseason Dates for 2024

May 22, 2024
Al Lackner

Here is an overview of important NFL dates for 2024 league year. All times are Eastern and all dates are subject to change.

NFL Celebration

February 20

Beginning this date through 4:00 p.m., New York time on March 5 clubs may designate Franchise or Transition Players.

February 26 - March 4

NFL Scouting Combine, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana.

March 5

Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.

College Pro Days Begin. Workouts of a school's Pro Day-eligible players with players outside of the scheduled Pro Day activities are prohibited. Private dinners, meetings, interviews are permitted.

March 5 - April 17

Draft-Eligible Facility Visits Begin. Clubs permitted 30 non-local players for physical exams/visits; no on- field workouts.

March 5 - April 24

Video or telephone interviews with draft-eligible players begin. Three video or telephone interviews per player; no longer than one hour in length.

March 11-13

During the period beginning at 12:00 noon, New York time, on March 11 and ending at 3:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 13, 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 2023 player contracts at 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 13.

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 13.

March 13

The 2024 League Year and Free Agency period begin at 4:00 p.m., New York time.

The first day of the 2024 League Year will end at 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 13. 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 13.

Trading period for 2024 begins at 4:00 p.m., New York time, after expiration of all 2023 contracts.

March 24-27

Annual League Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona.

April 1

Clubs that hired a new head coach after the end of the 2023 regular season may begin offseason workout programs.

April 15

Clubs with returning head coaches may begin offseason workout programs.

April 17

Deadline for clubs to time, test, visit, interview or conduct a physical examination with a draft- eligible player at its club facility.

April 19

Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets.

April 24

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

April 25-27

NFL Draft, Detroit, Michigan.

May 2

Deadline for Clubs to exercise Fifth-Year Option for players selected in the first round of the 2021 Draft.

May 3-6 or May 10-13

Clubs may elect to hold their one three-day post-Draft rookie minicamp from Friday through Sunday or Saturday through Monday on one of the two weekends following the Draft.

May 15

Rookie Football Development Programs begin.

May 20-22

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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