2021 NFL offseason: Important upcoming dates to know

Jeff Risdon
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The NFL’s offseason calendar begins to ramp up this coming week, and it won’t cease progressing forward throughout the rest of the period between now and the onset of training camp in late July.

Here are some important upcoming dates to know from the NFL’s official calendar

February 23-March 9: Teams can apply the franchise and/or transition tags to pending free agents during this period

March 15-17: Legal negotiating window before free agency, a.k.a the “legal tampering” period

March 17: The new league year begins at 4 p.m. ET

March 17: After 4 p.m. teams can begin officially signing free agents

April 29-May 1: The 2021 NFL Draft in Cleveland

The exact dates for OTAs, minicamps and the beginning of training camp are not yet established and will vary from team to team.