One could easily make the case that the NFL offseason is just as big as the NBA, MLB or NHL regular season at this point as every football fan-base wants to keep up with free agency and the draft. Here is a look at the most important dates in the coming months.
Wednesday, Feb. 15: First day for teams to designate franchise players
Tuesday, Feb. 28: Monday, March 6: NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis
Wednesday, March 1: Deadline for teams to designate franchise or transition players (4 p.m. EDT)
Tuesday, March 7: Teams are allowed to contact and enter into contract negotiations with the agents of unrestricted free agents.
Thursday, March 9: Contracts with unrestricted free agents can be completed at 4 p.m. Teams must exercise options for players with options and teams must submit qualifying offers to restricted free agents.
Thursday, April 27 - Saturday, April 29: 2017 NFL Draft in Philadelphia