Dates to Remember: NFL

Feb. 16: Teams can designate franchise or transition players

Possible Tag Canidates

  • Von Miller
  • Brock Osweiler
  • Justin Tucker
  • Cordy Glenn
  • Josh Norman
  • Alshon Jeffery
  • Eric Berry
  • Mohammed Wilkerson
  • Kirk Cousins

Feb. 23-29: NFL scouting combine at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

March 1: Deadline to designate franchise or transition players is 4 p.m. Franchise tags are one-year fully guaranteed contracts for players set to become free agents.

March 7-9: Teams can begin to contact and enter into contract negotiations with agents of players who will become unrestricted free agents March 9. Contracts cannot be signed until 4 p.m. March 9.

Top Free Agents (excluding tag candidates)

  • QB: Sam Bradford, Ryan Fitzpatrick
  • RB: Doug Martin, Lamar Mille, Matt Forte
  • WR: Marvin Jones, Travis Benjamin, Rueben Randle
  • TE: Ladarius Green, Coby Fleener, Zach Miller
  • T: Ryan Shraeder, Donald Penn, Russel Okung
  • G: Kelechi Osemele, Alex Boone, Jeff Allen
  • C: Stefen Wisniewski, Ben Jones
  • DE: Oliver Vernon, Robery Ayers, Jason Pierre-Paul
  • DT: Malik Jackson, Nick Fairley, Damon Harrison
  • OLB: Bruce Irvin, Tamba Hali, Aldon Smith
  • LB: Brandon Marshall, Derrick Johnson, Danny Trevathan
  • CB: Janoris Jenkins, Trumaine Johnson, Casey Heyward
  • S: Eric Weddle, Mark Barron
  • Specialists: Adam Vinateri, Mason Crosby, Bryan Anger

March 9: By 4 p.m., teams must submit qualifying offers to restricted free agents with expiring deals and to whom they want to retain a right of first refusal or compensation.

March 9: By 4 p.m., all teams must be under the 2016 salary cap.

Teams with most cap space

  • Raiders (79,000,000)
  • Jaguars (75,000,000)
  • 49ers (57,000,000)

Teams with least cap space

  • Bills (1,000,000)
  • Saints (2,000,000)
  • Dolphins (2,400,000)

*cap values are rounded; found at Spotrac

March 9: Free agency begins at 4 p.m.

March 20-23: Annual league meeting in Boca Raton, Florida. Preseason schedule released.

April 4: Teams with new head coaches can begin organized team activities

Teams with new head coaches

  • Titans
  • Buccaneers
  • Giants
  • 49ers
  • Eagles
  • Browns
  • Dolphins

April 18: Teams with returning head coaches can begin organized team activities.

April 28-30: 2016 NFL draft in Chicago.

April 30: After the last pick of the draft, teams can sign undrafted free agents who were eligible for the 2016 draft.

July 15: By 2 p.m., teams that designated a franchise or transition player must sign him to a multi-year contract or extension or have him play on the tag, meaning that he cannot receive a contract extension until the end of the regular season.


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