The NFL continues to dominate the year-round sports calendar. The next important date for football fans — and front office personnel — to note is March 9.

Beginning on March 1, NFL teams can use the franchise tag. And pecularly, still, NFL teams can "negotiate" with prospective free agents between March 7 and March 9.

But the 9th at 4 p.m. is when contracts can be signed and announced. 

There are some big name free agents available this offseason so there will surely be a little bit of a splash made in offseason 2017.