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We have entered the long NFL offseason. Here are the key dates on the schedule to remember for the 2020 NFL offseason.

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The NFL offseason is officially underway for the Denver Broncos.

This is a critical offseason for Denver as they look to get long-term deals in place for both Justin Simmons and Phillip Lindsay, while also getting solid talent in free agency and the 2020 NFL Draft. The key dates to remember for Simmons is that he’ll likely get the franchise tag by March 10th and a long-term deal in place prior to July 15th.

The NFL tracks their calendar for the entire year, but I will add the dates of things that are the most important ones for the Broncos to remember here in this post. All times are in Mountain.

NFL Offseason Dates 2020

DATE EVENT
DATE EVENT
Jan. 17 Deadline for college players who are underclassmen to apply for Special Eligibility. A list of underclassmen who have been approved for entry into the 2020 College Draft will be sent to clubs on January 21.
Jan. 18 East-West Shrine Bowl, Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida.
Jan. 25 Senior Bowl, Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama.
Feb. 2 Super Bowl LIV, Hard Rock Stadium, South Florida.
Feb. 3 Waiver system begins for 2020.
Feb. 24-March 2 NFL Scouting Combine, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Feb. 25 First day for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.
March 10 Prior to 2:00 p.m., deadline for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.
March 16-18 Free Agency Legal Tampering Period Begins at 2:00 p.m. on March 16th.
March 18 Free Agency begins at 2:00 p.m.
March 29-April 1 Annual League Meeting, Palm Beach, Florida.
April 17 Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets
April 20 Clubs with returning head coaches may begin offseason workout programs.
April 23-25 NFL Draft, Las Vegas, Nevada.
May 1-4 Clubs may elect to hold their one three-day post-Draft rookie minicamp from Friday through Sunday or Saturday through Monday.
May 5 Deadline for prior club to send “May 5 Tender” to its unsigned Unrestricted Free Agents. If the player has not signed a player contract with a club by July 22 or the first scheduled day of the first NFL training camp, whichever is later, he may negotiate or sign a player contract from that date until the Tuesday following the 10th weekend of the regular season, at 4:00 p.m., New York time, only with his prior club.
May 8-11 Clubs may elect to hold their one three-day post-Draft rookie minicamp from Friday through Sunday or Saturday through Monday.
May 19-20 Spring League Meeting, Marina Del Ray, California.
July 15 At 2:00 p.m. comes deadline for any club that designated a Franchise Player to sign such player to a multiyear contract or extension.
Mid-July Training Camp Begins
August 6 Hall of Fame Game, Canton, Ohio.
August 6-9 Hall of Fame Weekend, Canton, Ohio.
Sept. 5 Prior to 2:00 p.m., clubs must reduce rosters to a maximum of 53 players on the Active/Inactive List.
Sept. 6 Claiming period for players placed on waivers at the final roster reduction will expire at 10:00 a.m.
Sept. 10, 13-14 Regular Season Week 1.