The NFL released its off-season schedule last week. I thought it might be of interest to our readers. Without further ado (adieu?) ...
February 24–March 2: Scouting Combine, Indianapolis, Indiana.
February 25: Deadline for clubs to designate franchise and transition players.
March 4: Expiration date of all player contracts due to expire in 2010.
March 4: Deadline for submission of qualifying offers by clubs to their restricted free agents whose contracts have expired and to whom they desire to retain a right of first refusal/compensation.
March 4: Deadline for clubs to submit offer of minimum salary to retain exclusive negotiating rights to their players with fewer than three seasons of free agency credit whose contracts have expired.
March 5: Veteran free agency signing period begins.
March 5: Trading period begins.
March 21-24: Annual Meeting, Orlando, Florida.
April 15: Deadline for signing of Offer Sheets by Restricted Free Agents.
April 21: Deadline for old club to exercise right of first refusal to restricted free agents.
April 22-24: Draft, New York City.
May 24-26: Spring Meeting, Dallas, Texas.
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 22.
June 1: 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 year’s salary.
June 27-30: Rookie Symposium, Carlsbad, California.
Mid-July: Training camps open.
July 22: Signing period ends at 4:00 PM ET for unrestricted free agents who received June 1 tender.
August 8: Pro Football Hall of Fame Game, Canton, Ohio.
August 12-16: First preseason weekend.
August 31: Roster cutdown to maximum of 75 players.
September 4: Roster cutdown to maximum of 53 players.
September 9-13: Kickoff 2010 Weekend.