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2015 NFL Calendar: Keys Dates, Free Agency, and more


Sep 21, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis before a game against the Minnesota Vikings at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

While the 2014 NFL Season is not officially over, we obviously know the New Orleans Saints season is. As many of us turn the page forward, we look forward to the new year and what it brings. Here’s some of the big highlights on the NFL calendar in 2015:

Jan. 17: East-West Shrine Game (St. Petersburg, Florida)

Jan. 24: Senior Bowl (Mobile, Alabama)

Feb. 1: Super Bowl XLIX (Glendale, Arizona – NBC)

Feb. 10: Teams free to sign CFL players with expired contracts

Feb 16: First day a team may designate Franchise/Transition players

Feb. 17-23: NFL Scouting Combine (Indianapolis, Indiana)

March 2: Deadline to designate Franchise/Transition players

March 7-10: Teams allowed to contact and enter into negotiations with unrestricted free agents, but are unable to offer deals until March 10

March 10: Prior to 4:00PM EST, teams must be under the 2015 salary cap, exercise all options for 2015 from clauses in 2014 contracts, submit offers to restricted free agents. Free agency officially begins, and trading is allowed.

March 22-25: Annual Meeting (Phoenix, Arizona)

April 6: Teams who have hired a new head coach and the end of the 2014 regular season may begin offseason workouts.

April 20: Teams with returning head coaches may begin offseason workouts.

April 24: Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets.

April 29: Deadline for prior club to exercise right of first refusal to restricted free agents.

April 30-May 2: NFL Draft (Chicago, Illinois)

May 8-11: Rookie mini-camp permitted from Friday-Sunday or Saturday-Monday

May 11: Rookie football developmental program beings

May 15-18: Rookie mini-camp permitted from Friday-Sunday or Saturday-Monday

May 18-20: NFL Spring Meeting (San Francisco, California)

June 1: Deadline for ‘prior club’ to send “June 1 Tender” to is unrestricted free agents. If the player has not signed a 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 contract from that date until the Tuesday following the 10th weekend of the regular season.

June 21-27: Rookie Symposium (Aurora, Ohio)

July 15: 4:00PM EST deadline to sign franchise player to a multi-year contract or extension