With the Super Bowl now complete, you are probably wondering what comes next on the NFL calendar (yes, we know there is one more game with the Pro Bowl in Hawaii and we know the Eagles coaches will be manning the NFC sideline).
As you know, the Eagles have some decisions to make -- decisions that team president Joe Banner has called among the toughest the team has ever had to make. The Eagles have unrestricted free agents L.J. Smith, Jon Runyan, Corell Buckhalter, Brian Dawkins, Tra Thomas, Joselio Hanson and Sean Considine, and restricted free agents Nick Cole and Hank Baskett.
That said, here are some key dates on the NFL calendar, courtesy of the Associated Press:
Feb. 18-24 — NFL scouting combine, Indianapolis.
Feb. 19 — Deadline for clubs to designate franchise and transition players.
Feb. 27 — Free agency begins; trading period begins.
April 17 — Signing period ends for restricted free agents.
April 24 — Deadline for old club to exercise right of first refusal to restricted free agents.
April 25-26 — NFL draft, New York.
June 1 — Deadline for old clubs to send tender to unsigned unrestricted free agents to receive exclusive negotiating rights for rest of season if player is not signed by another club by July
June 22 -- Deadline for old clubs to send tender to unsigned restricted free agents or to extend qualifying offer to retain exclusive negotiating rights.
June 15 — Deadline for old clubs to withdraw original qualifying offer to unsigned restricted free agents and still retain exclusive negotiating rights by substituting tender of 110 percent of previous years salary.
July 22 — Signing period ends at 4 p.m. for unrestricted free agents who received June 1 tender.
Aug. 13-17 — First preseason weekend.
Sept. 1 — Roster cutdown to maximum of 75 players.
Sept. 5 — Roster cutdown to maximum of 53 players.
Sept. 10 — Season opener.