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NFL offseason schedule 2024: Free agency, draft, tags, trades and more

NFL offseason schedule 2024 by Month


Feb. 20: First day NFL teams can designate Franchise or “Transition” tag Players.
Feb. 27
March 4: NFL Scouting Combine held; Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana


March 5: Prior to 4:00 p.m. EST, deadline for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.
March 11-13: During the period beginning at 12 noon eastern March 11, clubs are permitted to contact, and enter into contract negotiations with the certified agents of players set to become unrestricted free agents.
Any prospective UFA who is not represented by an NFLPA Certified Contract Advisor (“Unrepresented Player”) is permitted to communicate directly with a new club’s front office officials (excluding the head coach and other members of the club’s coaching staff) regarding contract negotiations. 

The club is responsible for confirming the player’s status as an Unrepresented Player, according to NFL rules.

March 13: The 2024 League Year and Free Agency signing period begin at 4 pm EST. Trading period for 2024 begins at 4:00 p.m., New York time, after expiration of all 2023 contracts.

March 24-27: Annual League Meeting in Orlando, Florida


April 1: NFL teams that hired a new head coach may begin offseason workout programs.
April 15: Teams with returning head coaches may begin offseason workout programs.
April 17:  Deadline for clubs to time, test, visit, interview or conduct a physical examination with a draft- eligible player at its club facility.
April 19: Deadline for restricted free agents to sign their offer sheets.
April 24: Deadline for prior club to exercise Right of First Refusal to restricted free agents who signed offer sheets.
Deadline for clubs to time, test, visit, interview (including video and phone calls) or conduct a physical examination with a draft-eligible player at any location.
April 25-27 NFL Draft, Detroit


May 2: Deadline for NFL franchises to exercise Fifth-Year Option for players selected in the first round of the 2021 Draft.