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Key NFL Offseason Dates In 2016


The NFL "offseason" is increasingly become a season of its own.

The next few months are a critical time for the Ravens as they look to rebuild the roster and get back in position to compete for the playoffs in 2016.

As they move through that process, here's an overview of the key dates on the offseason calendar:  

Jan. 18: Deadline for college underclassmen to declare for the NFL Draft

Jan. 25-29:Practice for the Senior Bowl and Pro Bowl

*Jan. 30: *Senior Bowl, Mobile, Ala.

Jan. 31:Pro Bowl, Honolulu, Hawaii

Feb. 7:Super Bowl 50, Santa Clara, Calif.

Feb: 16:First day for teams to apply the franchise tag or transition tag on pending free agents

Feb. 23-29:NFL Scouting Combine, Indianapolis, Ind.

Feb. 27: NFL Regional Combine, Owings Mills, Md.

March 1:Teams must apply the franchise tag or transition tag by 4 p.m. to prevent pending free agents from hitting the market

March 7-9:The "legal tampering" period of free agency opens, where teams are allowed to enter into contract negotiations with pending free agents from other teams. No contracts can be signed during this time, but the negotiations are allowed.

March 9:Free agency opens at 4 p.m. with the start of the new league year. Teams must submit qualifying offers to restricted free agents before the market opens.

March 20-23:NFL* *Owner's Meetings, Boca Raton, Fla.

April 4:Teams with new head coaches can begin offseason workout programs

April 18:Teams with returning head coaches can begin offseason workout programs

April 22:Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets

Mid-to-late April: NFL schedule release

April 28-30:NFL Draft, Chicago, Ill.

May 6-9 or May 13-16:Team can hold their three-day rookie minicamp

May 19-22:NFLPA Rookie Premiere

May 23-25: NFL Spring League Meeting, Charlotte, N.C.

June 19-25:Rookie Symposium, Aurora, Ohio

July 15:Deadline for clubs who applied the franchise tag to sign that respective player to a long-term contract extension. If no agreement on an extension is reached, then the player will remain under the franchise tag salary for the duration of the 2016 season.

Late July:Training camp begins

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