Every day general manager Dave Gettleman asks himself the same question: “Have me and the personnel people given Pat Shurmur and the coaches enough players to win with?”
He doesn’t concern himself with it from just September to January and three days in late April. Roster-building is a 12-month deal. Looking at the calendar below, you can see why.
Here are important league dates for 2019:
Jan. 14: Deadline for college players who are underclassmen to apply for special draft eligibility. An approved list for entry into the 2019 NFL Draft will be sent to clubs on January 18.
Jan. 19: East-West Shrine Game (Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Jan. 26: Senior Bowl (Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Ala.)
Jan. 27: NFL Pro Bowl (Camping World Stadium, Orlando)
Feb. 2: NFL Honors, the league’s annual awards show (Fox Theatre, Atlanta)
Feb. 3: Super Bowl LIII (Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta)
Feb. 19: First day for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players
Feb. 26-March 5: NFL Scouting Combine (Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis)
March 5: Deadline for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.
March 11-13: 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 2018 player contracts at 4 p.m., New York time, on March 13.
March 13: The 2019 league year and free agency period begin at 4 p.m., New York time. All clubs must be under the 2019 Salary Cap.
March 24-27: Annual League Meeting (Phoenix)
April 15: Clubs with returning head coaches may begin offseason workout programs
April 25-27: 2019 NFL Draft (Nashville, Tenn.)
May 20-22: Spring League Meeting (Key Biscayne, Fla.)
June 3: Deadline for prior club to send “June 1 Tender” to its unsigned Restricted Free Agents who received a qualifying offer for a right of first refusal only in order for such player to be subject to the CBA’s “June 15 Tender” provision.
July 15: Deadline for any club that designated a Franchise Player to sign such player to a multiyear contract or extension. After this date, the player may sign only a one-year contract with his prior club for the 2019 season, and such contract cannot be extended until after the club’s last regular season game.
Mid-July: Clubs are permitted to open preseason training camp for rookies and first-year players beginning seven days prior to the club’s earliest permissible mandatory reporting date for veteran players.
Aug. 1: Hall of Fame Game (Canton, Ohio)
Aug. 31: Clubs must reduce rosters to a maximum of 53 players on the Active/Inactive List.
Sept. 1: Claiming period for players placed on waivers at the final roster reduction will expire at noon, New York time. Clubs may establish a practice squad of 10 players.
Sept. 5, 8-9: Regular Season Week 1