Important 2021 NFL offseason dates


The 2021 offseason calendar already looks different than most years, with COVID-19 impacting the NFL Combine. But much like 2020, the league will continue to press forward and find innovative ways to go about the business of football.

February 23-March 9 – Window for teams to designate one franchise or transitional player.

March 15-17 – For three days before free agency begins, clubs are permitted to contact and enter into contract negotiations with agents of players who will become unrestricted free agents.

March 17, 4:00 p.m. – Official start of the 2021 league year.

All 2020 player contracts expire at this time, and clubs can begin signing new free agents. All reported trades and signings can't be announced by the teams until the new league year begins.

April 19 - Offseason workout programs begin.

April 23 - Last day for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets.

April 29-May 1 - 2021 NFL Draft in Cleveland.

All dates above can be changed or modified as circumstances require. Check this page later in the spring for updates.

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