The 2024 NFL offseason is officially underway after the Chiefs’ 25-22 win over the 49ers in Super Bowl LVIII from Las Vegas.
The league will take the next month to catch its breath, but the slowdown won’t last long, as potential free agents will face the franchise tag, and all 32 teams will head to Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine at the end of February.
With the Bears now on the clock, we’re looking at critical dates for the Philadelphia Eagles and 31 other teams ahead of free agency.
Feb. 20 --Franchise tag
Beginning this date through 4:00 p.m., New York time on March 5, clubs may designate Franchise or Transition Players.
Philadelphia has free agents that would fit such a designation, with D’Andre Swift valuable, but not worth a $10 million tag.
Feb. 27 – March 4
NFL Scouting Combine, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis
GM Howie Roseman and staff will head to the midwest for a week of scouting prospect and potential free agent negotiations.
Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.
During the period beginning at 12:00 noon, New York time, on March 11 and ending at 3:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 13, clubs are permitted to contact, and enter into contract negotiations with the certified agents of players who will become unrestricted free agents upon the expiration of their 2023 player contracts at 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 13.
During the above two-day negotiating period, a prospective UFA who is not represented by an NFLPA Certified Contract Advisor (“Unrepresented Player”) is permitted to communicate directly with a new club’s front office officials (excluding the head coach and other members of the club’s coaching staff) regarding contract negotiations. The club is responsible for confirming the player’s status as an Unrepresented Player.
The 2024 League Year and Free Agency signing period begin at 4:00 p.m., New York time.
Trading period for 2024 begins at 4:00 p.m., New York time, after expiration of all 2023 contracts.
The first day of the 2024 League Year will end at 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 13. Clubs will receive a Personnel Notice that will include all transactions submitted to the League office during the period between 4:00 p.m., New York time, and 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 13.
The Falcons, Commanders, Seahawks, Patriots, Panthers, Raiders, Chargers and Titans may begin offseason workout programs after hiring new head coaches.
The Eagles and every other NFL team with returning head coaches may begin offseason workout programs.
NFL Draft, Detroit
Deadline for Clubs to exercise Fifth-Year Option for players selected in the first round of the 2021 Draft.
Philadelphia will sign DeVonta Smith to an extension, or certainly exercise his fifth-year option.
May 3-6 or May 10-13
Clubs may elect to hold their one three-day post-Draft rookie minicamp from Friday through Sunday or Saturday through Monday on one of the two weekends following the Draft.