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A look at key dates on the 2017 NFL calendar:

1/21: East-West Shrine Game, Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL, 3:00 p.m. ET (NFL Network).
1/28: Reese’s Senior Bowl, Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, AL, 1:30 p.m. CT (NFL Network).
1/29: Pro Bowl, Orlando Citrus Bowl, Orlando, FL, 8:00 p.m. ET (ESPN).

2/5: Super Bowl, NRG Stadium, Houston, TX, 6:30PM ET (Fox).
2/15: Teams can designate Franchise or Transition Players.
2/28-3/6: NFL Draft Scouting Combine, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN.

3/1: 4:00 p.m. ET deadline for teams to designate Franchise of Transition Players.
3/7-9: Beginning at 12:00 p.m. ET on March 7, clubs are permitted to contact, and enter into contract negotiations with the certified agents of players who will become Unrestricted Free Agents. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 4:00 p.m. ET, on March 9.
3/9: The 2017 League Year, Free Agency and Trading period begin at 4:00 p.m. ET.
3/26-29: Annual league meeting, Phoenix, AZ.


4/17: Clubs with returning head coaches may begin offseason workout programs.
4/21: Deadline for Restricted Free Agents to sign Offer Sheets.
4/26: Deadline for prior club to exercise Right of First Refusal to Restricted Free Agents.
4/27-29: NFL Draft, Philadelphia, PA.

5/5-8 or 5/12-15: Optional rookie minicamp.
5/15: Rookies Report to Teams.
5/22-24: NFL Meetings, Chicago, IL.

6/1: 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 as "June 15 Tender" provision.
6/15: Deadline for club to withdraw qualifying offer to Restricted Free Agents and still retain exclusive negotiating rights by substituting "June 15 Tender" of one-year contract at 110 percent of the player's prior-year Paragraph 5 Salary (with all other terms of his prior-year contract carried forward unchanged).
6/22-24: Rookie Transition Program.

7/15: At 4 p.m. ET, deadline for any club that designated a Franchise Player to sign such player to a multi-year contract or extension. After this date, the player may sign only a one-year contract with his prior club for the 2017 season, and such contract cannot be extended until after the club's last regular season game.
Mid July: Training Camp begins

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