2010 NFL Offseason Schedule and Important Dates

nfllogoNow that the Super Bowl is finished being shoved down our throats, what happens next now that we are in the NFL Offseason? The following is the 2010 offseason schedule detailing deadlines, the draft and important cuts dates once we get close to the start of the next NFL season.

If you want to know the 2010 NFL First Round Draft order, read our pick-by-pick breakdown.

Here is the schedule:

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February 24 –- March 2 — NFL 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 — NFL 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 — NFL Draft, New York City.

May 24-26 — NFL 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 — NFL 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.

The most important date not listed here is he kickoff of a great new contest that we will be rolling out here at the TMR Zoo. It involves the NFL Draft… and that’s all I’m saying for now.