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What's up next for Big Blue as NFL offseason begins


A look at the key dates and players set to become Free Agents in 2017: names the top 50 prospects in the 2017 NFL Draft.

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Preparations were already underway for 29 other teams and the Giants, who went 11-5 and made the postseason in Ben McAdoo's first year as head coach. But the heavy lifting is just beginning for front offices.

From the combine to the start of free agency and the draft, the coming weeks will shape the new season before a player even steps foot on the practice field. The following are important dates to track as the NFL embarks on its 98th season.

Feb. 15: First day for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players

Feb. 28-March 6: Combine Timing and Testing, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis

March 1: Prior to 4:00 p.m. ET, deadline for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.

March 7-9: During the period beginning at 12 p.m. on March 7 and ending at 3:59:59 p.m. on March 9, 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 2016 player contracts at 4 p.m. on March 9. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 4 p.m. on March 9. During the above two-day negotiating period, no direct contact is permitted between a prospective unrestricted free agent and any employee or representative of a club, other than the player's current club.

March 9: The 2017 League Year and Free Agency period begin at 4:00 p.m. Trading period also begins after expiration of all 2016 contracts.

March 26-29: Annual League Meeting, Phoenix

April 17: Clubs with returning head coaches may begin offseason workout programs.

April 26: Deadline for prior club to exercise Right of First Refusal to Restricted Free Agents

April 27-29: 2017 NFL Draft, Philadelphia

Now for a look at the Giants who are set to become unrestricted free agents on March 9. The list includes eight players on defense, seven on offense, and two specialists.

The following Giants are set to become Unrestricted Free Agents on March 9.

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