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Important NFL dates to know for 2024

NFL-LOGO-SHIELD

JANUARY

Jan. 8

Clubs may begin signing free agent players for the 2024 season.

Earliest permissible date for clubs to renegotiate or extend the rookie contract of a drafted rookie who was selected in any round of the 2021 NFL Draft or any undrafted rookie who signed in 2022. Any permissible renegotiated or extended player contract will not be considered a rookie contract, and will not be subject to the rules that limit rookie contracts.

Clubs may exercise fifth-year options for players selected in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft.

Jan. 10

Beginning at 4:00 p.m., New York time, on the Wednesday following the final regular season weekend, rosters are frozen for clubs participating in the postseason with limited exceptions.

Jan. 13-15

Wild Card Playoff Games

Jan. 15

Special Eligibility Deadline. Deadline for college players who are underclassmen to apply for Special Eligibility. A list of underclassmen who have been approved for entry into the 2024 NFL Draft will be sent to clubs on January 19.

Jan. 20-21

Divisional Playoff Games

Jan. 28

AFC and NFC Championship Games

FEBRUARY

Feb. 1

East-West Shrine Bowl, Frisco, TX

Feb. 3

Senior Bowl, Mobile, AL

Feb. 4

Pro Bowl Games

Feb. 11

Super Bowl LVIII, Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas

Feb. 20

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

Feb. 27 – March 4

NFL Scouting Combine, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis

MARCH

March 5

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

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 ("Unrepresented Player") 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. The club is responsible for confirming the player's status as an Unrepresented Player.

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 signing period begin at 4:00 p.m., New York time.

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

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.

March 24-27

Annual League Meeting, Orlando, FL

APRIL

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 who signed offer sheets.

Deadline for clubs to time, test, visit, interview (including video and phone calls) or conduct a physical examination with a draft-eligible player at any location.

April 25-27

NFL Draft, Detroit

MAY

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 13

Rookie Football Development Programs begin.

May 20-22

Spring League Meeting/Coach Accelerator, Nashville, TN

View photos of NFL.com's list of the top 101 free agents of 2024.

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