While there are a number of key dates on the Denver Broncos 2014 offseason calendar, the most important event of the offseason doesn't have a publicly-known date.
That, of course, is the physical of Peyton Manning for his surgically-repaired neck, where it will be determined if the quarterback can still play in the NFL. Manning said the 43-8 Super Bowl loss didn't "change anything" as far as his intent to play, so the only thing potentially holding him back from returning to the Broncos in 2014 is his health.
Nearly everyone expects Manning to be cleared to play, but the the completion of this physical will allow Denver and all of Broncos Country a collective sigh of relief.
Broncos 2014 Offseason Calendar
Below are a number of key dates involving the Broncos in the 2014 offseason. The full 2013-2014 calendar can be found here.
Feb 3 - Waiver system begins for 2014 with a 24-hour claiming period. Players with four or more accrued seasons are not eligible for the waiver system until after the trade deadline.
Feb 17-Mar 3 - Franchise tag period. Teams have until 4:00 p.m. March 3rd to designate franchise or transition players.
February 19-25 - Mock drafts get shaken up as the Scouting Combine takes place in Indianapolis.
Mar TBD - Peyton Manning undergoes his neck physical, likely before March 11th.
Mar 8 - Negotiation period for 2014 free agents. NFL clubs are permitted to contact, and enter into contract negotiations with, the certified agents of players who will become UFAs upon the expiration of their 2013 contracts.
Mar 11 - Free agency begins at 4:00 p.m. EST (2:00 p.m. Mile High time). Trading period begins. All teams must be under the 2014 Salary Cap. All teams must submit qualifying offers to their Restricted Free Agents prior to 4:00 p.m. This marks the beginning of the League Year.
Mar 23-26 - Annual Owner's Meetings in Orlando. 2014 NFL Draft compensatory picks will be awarded - Broncos are not expected to receive any.
2014 NFL Draft
2014 NFL Draft
Apr TBD - The 2014 NFL Schedule is expected to be announced.
Apr 21 - Broncos offseason workouts can begin, running through May.
May 2 - Deadline for Restricted Free Agents to sign Offer Sheets.
May 8-10 - The 2014 NFL Draft. Broncos are set to draft 31st.
May TBD - Rookie minicamp.
May 19-21 - NFL Spring League Meeting in Atlanta.
May-Jun TBD - Organized Team Activities (OTAs).
Jun TBD - Mandatory minicamp.
Jul 15 - If the Broncos franchise tag a player, this is the last day they can sign him to a long-term deal; otherwise the player must finish the 2014 season on his one-year deal.
Jul TBD - Usually starting in very late July, Broncos training camp begins, running through August.
We'll update this calendar with firm dates once they are known. Go Broncos!