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Important 2013 NFL dates to remember

Posted by Nick Scurfield on February 5, 2013 – 5:07 pm

95playoffsThe NFL distributed an e-mail on Monday with the subject line Important NFL Dates to Remember.

Here they are, minus several regional pre-draft combines that the NFL listed in its email but were omitted for the purposes of this blog post.

March 9-11    —    Clubs are permitted to enter into contract negotiations with certified agents of players who will be Unrestricted Free Agents at the end of the current League Year.

March 12     —    Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must exercise options for 2013 on all players who have option clauses in their 2012 contracts.

March 12    —    Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must submit Qualifying Offers to their Restricted Free Agents with expiring contracts and to whom they desire to retain a Right of First Refusal/Compensation.

March 12     —    Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must submit a minimum salary offer to retain exclusive negotiating rights to their players with expiring 2012 contracts and who have fewer than three seasons of free agency credit.

March 12     —    All 2012 player contracts will expire at 4:00 p.m., New York time.

March 12     —    Top-51 Begins. All clubs must be under the Salary Cap prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time.

March 12     —    The 2013 League Year and Free Agency period begin at 4:00 p.m., New York time.

March 12    —    Trading period begins at 4:00 p.m., New York time, for 2013 after expiration of all 2012 contracts.

April 25-27    —    NFL Draft, New York City, New York.

May 20-22    —    NFL Spring League Meeting, Hyatt-Harborside, Boston, Massachusetts.

September 5, 8-9    —    NFL Kickoff 2013


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