2021 NFL schedule: Key offseason dates and events

Liz Mathews
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Now that the Super Bowl and the 2020 NFL season are officially in the books, it’s time to look ahead to some key dates on the league’s offseason calendar.

Because there will be no traditional in-person scouting combine activities due to the coronavirus pandemic, things will look a little bit different this year, with many events occurring virtually.

In addition, keep your eyes out for the college Pro Days, which will be held in March and April, allowing scouts to evaluate the prospects.

Below are the important offseason dates ahead of the NFL draft in April.

Feb. 23-March 9

The timeframe for clubs to designate one franchise or transitional player.

March 15-17

During this legal tampering period, teams may contact and enter into contract negotiations with agents of players who will become unrestricted free agents.

March 17

March 17 at 1:00 p.m. PT marks the official start of the 2021 new league year.

At this time, all 2020 player contracts expire and clubs can begin signing new free agents. Trades reported earlier can be announced.

April 19

NFL offseason workout programs can begin.

April 23

This marks the last day for restricted free agents to sign offer their sheets.

April 29-May 1

2021 NFL draft, which is currently scheduled to be held in Cleveland, Ohio.

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