July 30, 2015 at 10:15 AM #55908
Qbin Missile CrisisKeymaster
We now know the full NFL calender of events for the upcoming 2015/16 NFL Season.
Late July: Training camps open.
July 22*: Signing period ends for UFA’s free agents to whom a “May 12 Tender” was made by prior club.
Aug. 6-9: Hall of Fame Weekend & Aug. 9: Hall of Fame Game, Vikings vs. Steelers, in Canton.
Aug. 11: Special league meeting (Illinois)
If a drafted rookie has not signed with his club by this date, he cannot be traded to any other club in 2015.
Aug. 13-17: First preseason weekend.
Aug. 20-24: Second preseason weekend.
Aug. 27-30: Third preseason weekend.
Sept. 1: Rosters reduced to a maximum of 75 players on the active list.
Sept. 3: Final preseason games.
Sept. 5: Rosters reduced to a maximum of 53 players on the Active/Inactive List.
Sept. 6: Claiming period for players placed on waivers at the final roster reduction will expire at 12 p.m. ET.
Sept. 10: At 12 a.m. ET, the Top 51 Rule expires for all NFL clubs.
Sept. 10, 13-14: Regular season opens.
Oct. 4: NFL International — New York Jets vs. Miami Dolphins in London.
Oct. 6-7: League meetings in New York.
Oct. 16: Teams can begin practicing players on Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform and Reserve/Non-Football Injury or Illness for a period not to exceed 21 days. Players may be activated during the 21-day practice period.
Oct. 25: NFL International — Buffalo Bills vs. Jacksonville Jaguars in London.
Nov. 1: NFL International — Detroit Lions vs. Kansas City Chiefs in London.
Nov. 3: All trading ends for 2015 at 4 p.m. ET.
Jan. 3: Week 17 of the regular season.
Jan. 9-10: Wild Card playoffs.
Jan. 16-17: Divisional playoffs.
Jan. 18: Deadline for NCAA players that are underclassmen to apply for special eligibility.
Jan. 23: East-West Shrine Game (St. Petersburg, Florida)
Jan. 24: AFC & NFC Championship games.
Jan. 30: Senior Bowl (Mobile)
Jan. 31: NFL Pro Bowl
Feb. 7: Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
Feb. 22: First day for clubs to designate franchise or transition players.
Feb. 23-29: Combine timing and testing (Indianapolis).
March 7: Prior to 4 p.m. ET, deadline for clubs to designate franchise or transition players.
March 12-15: Beginning at 12 p.m. ET, clubs are permitted to contact, and enter into contract negotiations with the certified agents of players who will become UFA’s upon the expiration of their 2015 player contracts at 4 p.m. ET, on March 15.
March 15: The 2016 league year and free agency period begin at 4 p.m. ET.
March 20-23: League Meetings in Boca Raton, Fla.
April 4: Clubs that hired a new head coach after the end of the 2015 regular season may begin offseason workout programs.
April 18: Clubs with returning head coaches may begin offseason workout programs.
April 22: Deadline for RFA’s to sign offer sheets.
April 27: Deadline for prior club to exercise right of first refusal to RFA’s.
April 28-30: NFL Draft (site TBD).
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