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Important 2022 NFL offseason dates

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The 2022 offseason schedule will be a little more crowded this year as the new 17-game regular season pushed the playoffs back, and the Super Bowl into the middle of February.

As you get ready for a busy offseason, take a look at some of the key dates as the Panthers prepare for the Combine, free agency and the 2022 NFL Draft.

February 5 – This year's Senior Bowl will once again be held in Mobile, Ala. at Hancock Whitney Stadium. Although the Panthers' staff will not be coaching this year, the week is still a valuable scouting opportunity and chance to see prospects up close.

February 14 – The day after the Super Bowl brings the beginning of the NFL's waiver system anew. The Panthers are sixth in the waiver claim order – based on being sixth in the draft order.

March 1-7 – The annual NFL Scouting Combine will take place in Indianapolis. This is an important week for the Panthers coaching staff to work with the scouting department to evaluate top prospects based on measurables and the important interview process. Last year, the combine was canceled due to COVID.

March 8 - Deadline for clubs to designate franchise or transition players

March 14-16 - 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. You will see plenty of reports of players agreeing to terms with new teams, but none of it is official until...

March 16, 4:00 p.m. – The start of the 2022 league year. All 2021 player contracts expire at this time and clubs can begin officially signing new free agents and making trades. To see which Panthers are set to become free agents if they aren't re-signed before then, click here.

March 27-30 – NFL Annual Meeting; Palm Beach, Florida

April 18 - Clubs may begin offseason workout programs

April 28-30 – NFL Draft - Las Vegas, Nevada

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