The signing period for FAs is rapidly approaching and we'll have answers regarding whether we'll be signing anyone and who. I, for one, find this a very interesting period since it gives us an idea of what McX think about our current team and how they want to go about fixing our problems. Also, our draft strategy is going to be partly contingent upon which FAs we sign.
An added attraction for this year's signing period could be trades, since some teams might choose to trade RFAs as a way of acquiring players in a year when fewer UFAs are available. It's hard to predict what will actually happen since it's a novel situation for everyone.
Calendar for the 2010-11 season
Feb. 24-March 2 -- NFL Scouting Combine
Feb. 25 -- Deadline for designating franchise players.
March 5 -- Free agency begins.
March 21-24 -- Annual owners meeting
Early April -- 2010 regular season schedule announced
April 22-24 -- 2010 NFL Draft
July 22 -- Deadline for franchise players to sign new contracts
Aug. 7 -- Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Canton, Ohio.
Aug. 8 -- Hall of Fame Game
Aug. 31 -- Roster cutdown to maximum of 75 players
Sept. 4 -- Roster cutdown to maximum of 53 players
Sept. 9-13 -- 2010 Kickoff Weekend
Oct. 19 -- Trading deadline
Oct. 31 -- International Series, London, England (San Francisco 49ers vs. Denver Broncos).
Nov. 16 -- Signing deadline for franchise players