April 13, 2021

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A Look at the 2021 NFL Offseason Calendar

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A Look at the 2021 NFL Offseason Calendar



February 23: First day for teams to designate Franchise or Transition Players. 

March 1: Deadline for eligible college football players to notify the NFL Player Personnel department of their intent to forgo the 2021 NFL Draft and return to college.

March 9: Deadline for teams to designate Franchise or Transition Players is 1 p.m. PT. 

March 15-17: Legal negotiating window ahead of free agency opens. Teams are permitted to contact and enter contract negotiations with players who become unrestricted free agents on March 17. 

  • 2021 NFL league year, trading period and free agency opens at 1 p.m. PT.
  • Teams can sign new free agents and prior trades become official.
  • Teams must exercise all 2021 options on players who have options clauses in their 2020 contracts.
  • Teams must submit qualifying offers to restricted free agents and exclusive rights free agents. 
  • All teams must be under the salary cap before 1 p.m. PT.

April 5: Teams with new head coaches can begin offseason workout programs (Jacksonville Jaguars – Urban Meyer, New York Jets – Robert Saleh, Atlanta Falcons – Arthur Smith, Los Angeles Chargers – Brandon Staley, Detroit Lions – Dan Campbell, Philadelphia Eagles – Nick Sirianni, Houston Texans – David Culley). 

April 19: All teams with returning head coaches can begin offseason workout programs. 

April 23: Last day of the restricted free agent signing period. 

April 29 – May 1: 2021 NFL Draft from Cleveland, OH. 

All dates and times are tentative and subject to change.

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