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Important dates for the 2024 NFL offseason

Feb 19, 2024, 10:27 AM

A detailed view of the NFL Combine logo at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 02, 2023 in Indianapolis, Ind...

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - MARCH 02: A detailed view of the NFL Combine logo at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 02, 2023 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

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We’re officially one week out from Super Bowl LVIII, which means the NFL offseason is about to go into hyperdrive.

Before we know it, teams will be reporting for rookie minicamps in May and full-team training camps in July.

But before we get too far ahead of ourselves, here’s what’s coming up for the remainder of February and throughout the spring.

Key NFL offseason dates in February and March

The day after President’s Day is when teams can get back to work molding their rosters. From now until 1 p.m. PST on Tuesday, March 5, teams can franchise or transition players.

In one week, Monday, Feb. 26, the 2024 NFL Combine kicks off at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The combine runs until Monday, March 4.

  • Teams will get a look at defensive linemen and linebackers first on Thursday, Feb. 29
  • Next up is defensive backs and tight ends on Friday, March 1
  • Quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers showcase their skills on Saturday, March 2
  • The event culminates with offensive linemen on Sunday, March 3

Following the NFL Combine, the new league year officially begins at 1 p.m. PST on Wednesday, March 13. There is a legal tampering period from 9 a.m. PST Monday to 1 p.m. PST Wednesday, where teams will be able to contact and negotiate deals with players. But, teams are not permitted to start signing free agents until after the new league year officially begins.

The month ends with the annual league meeting from March 24 – 27 in Orlando.

Key NFL offseason dates in April and beyond

April showers bring spring workouts. Wait, that’s not how the saying goes.

Teams with a new head coach get the first crack at offseason workout programs on April 1. Two weeks later, teams with returning head coaches can start offseason programs.

Now, we get into draft time.

Wednesday, April 17, is the final day teams can conduct pre-draft visits with prospects at the team facilities. Teams can meet with prospects in the final seven days leading up to the draft, but it has to be virtual or at another location.

Night one of the 2024 NFL Draft is set for Thursday, April 25. The three-day event concludes on Saturday, April 27. Rookies then head to their first minicamp on either May 3 – 6 or 10 – 13.

The schedule for the 2024 NFL season typically comes out in mid-May, and then teams hold Organized Team Activities (OTAs) either at the end of the month or in early June.

After that, we won’t see players again until late July when training camps begin. See, just like we said, the 2024 season will be here before we know it.

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