If you want to plan ahead for your football year, here are some key dates for the coming year:
2009 NFL CALENDAR
Feb. 1: Super Bowl XLIII,
Feb. 8: Pro Bowl,
Feb. 18-24: NFL scouting combine,
Feb. 19: Deadline for clubs to designate franchise and transition players
Feb. 26: Deadline for submission of qualifying offers by clubs to their restricted free agents whose contracts have expired and to whom they desire to retain a right of first refusal/compensation.
–Also, deadline for clubs to submit offer of minimum salary to retain exclusive negotiating rights to their players with fewer than three seasons of free agency credit whose contracts have expired.
Feb. 27: Veteran free agency signing period begins
–Also, trading period begins.
April 17: Signing period ends for restricted free agents.
April 24: Deadline for old club to exercise right of first refusal to restricted free agents.
April 25-26: NFL Draft
June 1: Deadline for old clubs to send tender to unsigned unrestricted free agents to receive exclusive negotiating rights for rest of season if player is not signed by another club by July 22.
–Also, deadline for old clubs to send tender to unsigned restricted free agents or to extend qualifying offer to retain exclusive negotiating rights.
June 15: Deadline for old clubs to withdraw original qualifying offer to unsigned restricted free agents and still retain exclusive negotiating rights by substituting tender of 110 percent of previous year’s salary.
Mid-July: Training camps open.
July 22: Signing period ends at 1 p.m. (PT) for unrestricted free agents who receive June 1 tender.
Aug. 9: Pro Football Hall of Fame Game in
Aug. 13-17: First full weekend of exhibition games.
Sept. 1: Roster cutdown from maximum of 80 to 75 players.
Sept. 5: Roster cutdown from maximum of 75 to 53 players.
Sept. 10-14: First week of NFL regular season.
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