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Important 2021 offseason dates

We are now just over a week away from the start of the new league year.

With the league calendar finally ready to flip to 2021, it is important to remember a few significant dates approaching in the coming months.

The first date has already passed, as February 23 represented the beginning of the two-week period in which teams can designate Franchise or Transition players. That two-week period comes to an end at 4:00 pm tomorrow, meaning teams must place the tag on players prior to tomorrow's deadline.

In case you need a refresher, here are the key dates to keep an eye on as the offseason officially begins:

March 9

Deadline for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.

March 15-17

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 2020 player contracts. They cannot sign until the start of the new league year.

March 17

The 2021 league year and free agency period begin at 4:00 p.m. ET.

April 23

Deadline for Restricted Free Agents to sign offer sheets.

April 29-May 1

2021 NFL Draft, Cleveland, Ohio.

View NFL.com's updated rankings of the top 101 free agents of 2021 ahead of the new league year, which begins March 17.

James Jones' top WRs to pursue in free agency or draft

The Giants will look to fill some holes on the roster this offseason. Following the release of veteran Golden Tate earlier this week, it appears as if wide receiver could be one of the positions they look to add to.

The front office has some options on how they can address the wide receiver position. Free agency kicks off next week, and 14 of NFL.com's top 101 players that are currently set to hit the open market play wide receiver. Additionally, three wide receivers fall in the top 10 of Daniel Jeremiah's top 50 prospects in the 2021 NFL Draft, with another four receivers landing in the top 50.

NFL Network's James Jones compiled a list of the top 10 wide receivers worth pursuing this offseason, via free agency or the draft. No matter what direction the Giants decide to go in, it is clear that the team has some options at the receiver position.

Here are Jones' receivers worth going after this offseason:

1. Kenny Golladay (Free Agent)

"This might surprise some people, but it shouldn't. Not when you look a little closer. Golladay is one of the very best deep threats when healthy -- which he wasn't in 2020, playing only five games due to a hip injury. But back in 2019, Babytron ranked among the top two in the league in all major deep passing categories (passes of 20-plus air yards), including targets (32, first), receptions (13, tied for second), yards (546, second) and touchdowns (five, tied for first), according to Next Gen Stats. The 6-foot-4, 214-pounder is physical, wins the contested catches and should be fresh heading into the 2021 season. It doesn't matter the coverage -- Golladay finds a way to get open and make plays, and we saw it weekly during the 2018 and '19 seasons in Detroit." -- Jones

2. Allen Robinson (Free Agent)

"Robinson has made a name for himself with his superb route running and hands while playing with subpar quarterbacks throughout his seven-year career. He routinely beats defenders off the line and is always open. Always. The veteran has been the most consistent part of the Chicago Bears' offense since he arrived in 2018 -- especially over the last two seasons, when he amassed 200 receptions, 2,397 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns for the sometimes-stagnant unit. Robinson could get tagged, but his production merits a long-term deal." -- Jones

3. Marvin Jones (Free Agent)

4. T.Y. Hilton (Free Agent)

5. Chris Godwin (Free Agent)

6. Corey Davis (Free Agent)

"A first-round pick in 2017, Davis hasn't lived up to his draft standing just yet, as he's battled nagging injuries that have prevented him from being a consistent baller. But we have seen glimpses. He's coming off his best campaign, in which he finished just shy of 1,000 receiving yards and had five 100-yard games, including a monstrous 11-catch, 182-yard effort in Week 12. Davis has all of the ability and tools to be a No. 1 receiver in the NFL. With the right fit and some better luck on the health side, I believe he meets his potential at his next stop." -- Jones

7. DeVonta Smith (Draft)

"The top three receivers in this year's draft class feel somewhat interchangeable, as each has the skill set to become a No. 1 receiver at the next level, but I gotta say my favorite is Smith. He's extremely quick off the line of scrimmage and possesses elite playmaking ability with the ball in his hands. If there's a team still searching for a big-time receiver come April, Smith's your guy." -- Jones

8. Ja'Marr Chase (Draft)

9. JuJu Smith-Schuster (Free Agent)

10. Jaylen Waddle (Draft)

"Waddle reminds me a lot of San Francisco's Brandon Aiyuk, a first-round pick in 2020. With the ball in his hands, Waddle is explosive, powerful and so versatile. I envision the flashy playmaker thriving on reverses and screens while lining up inside or outside the numbers." -- Jones

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah updated his ranking of the top 50 prospects in the 2021 NFL Draft for the final time before the start of the draft.

Peter King on Giants' potential offseason plans

Peter King of NBC Sports joined Giants.com's John Schmeelk to talk about the state of the team and what it should do in the draft and free agency.

Check out the video below to watch King's full conversation with Schmeelk.

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