The NFL offseason is officially underway.
There are plenty of big events coming up quick from the 2019 NFL Combine to free agency and to the NFL Draft. For the Denver Broncos, their hiring of Vic Fangio means they’ll be able to get their install going two weeks earlier than most other teams on April 1, 2019 as opposed to April 15, 2019 for those teams who have tenured head coaches.
The NFL tracks their calendar for the entire year, but I will add the dates of things that are the most important ones to remember here in this post.
NFL Offseason Dates 2019
Feb. 19. First day for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.
Feb. 26-March 4. NFL Scouting Combine, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana.
March 5. Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.
March 11-13. 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 2018 player contracts at 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 13.
March 13. The 2019 league year and free agency period begin at 4:00 p.m., New York time. The first day of the 2019 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.
March 24-27. Annual League Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona.
April 1. Clubs that hired a new head coach after the end of the 2018 regular season may begin offseason workout programs.
April 19. Deadline for Restricted Free Agents to sign offer sheets.
April 25-27. 2019 NFL Draft, Nashville, Tennessee.
May 3-6. Clubs may elect to hold their one three-day post-Draft rookie minicamp from Friday through Sunday or Saturday through Monday.
May 10-13. Clubs may elect to hold their one three-day post-Draft rookie minicamp from Friday through Sunday or Saturday through Monday.
May 20-22. Spring League Meeting, Key Biscayne, Florida.
July 15. At 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for any club that designated a Franchise Player to sign such player to a multiyear contract or extension. After this date, the player may sign only a one- year contract with his prior club for the 2019 season, and such contract cannot be extended until after the club’s last regular season game.
Mid-July. Clubs are permitted to open preseason training camp for rookies and first-year players beginning seven days prior to the club’s earliest permissible mandatory reporting date for veteran players.
Aug. 1. Hall of Fame Game, Canton, Ohio.
Aug. 1-4. Hall of Fame Weekend, Canton, Ohio.
Aug. 31. Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must reduce rosters to a maximum of 53 players on the Active/Inactive List.
Sept. 5, 8-9. Regular Season Week 1.