NFL 2018 offseason calendar: Free agency, Draft, preseason, Week 1

The NFL postseason is removing prepared to kickoff, with a playoff’s Wildcard Weekend entrance on Saturday and Sunday. For a 20 teams not in a playoffs, including a Miami Dolphins, now is a time to start preparations for a 2018 season. Several critical dates and deadlines will be entrance between now and a start of a 2018 unchanging season.

When do authorization tags have to be placed? When does giveaway group begin? When is a Draft? When do training camps begin? When is a 2018 deteriorate kickoff? All of those questions can be answered.


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  • Wildcard Weekend: January 6-7
  • Divisional Round: January 13-14
  • Championship Games: January 21
  • Pro Bowl: January 28
  • Super Bowl LII: February 4


  • Deadline for underclassmen to announce for Draft: January 15
  • East-West Shrine Game: January 20
  • NFLPA Collegiate Bowl: January 20
  • Senior Bowl: January 27
  • NFL Scouting Combine: February 27 – Mar 5

Free Agency

  • CFL Try-out and traffic deadline: Jan 31
  • Franchise/Transition tab duration opens: February 20
  • Franchise/Transition tab duration ends: March 6
  • Legal Tampering period: March 12-14
  • Free group and trade begins: March 14, 4pm ET
  • Deadline for RFAs to pointer offer sheets: April 20
  • Deadline for bar to repel RFA offer and reinstate with Jun 15 Tender (1 year, 110% of before salary): June 15
  • Deadline to re-sign authorization player: July 16
  • Deadline for new group to pointer transition player: July 23

League Admin

  • Annual joining meeting: March 25-28
  • Spring joining meeting: May 21-23
  • Rookie Football Development Program begins: May 14
  • Signing reward widespread over dual years: June 2

Offseason Training Programs

  • Teams with new conduct coaches might start programs: April 2
  • Teams with returning conduct coaches might start programs: April 16

NFL Draft

  • 2018 NFL Draft: April 26-28

OTAs and Minicamps

  • Rookie Minicamp: 3 days between May 4-7 or May 11-14
  • OTA and Minicamp window: May 28 – Jun 24

Training Camp

  • Training camp: Mid-July (Veterans: 15 days before to initial preseason diversion or Jul 15, whichever is later; Rookies: May news adult to 7 days before to veterans; Quarterbacks and harmed players: May news adult to 5 days before to veterans if rookies have reported


  • Hall of Fame Game: August 2
  • Hall of Fame Weekend: August 2-5
  • Deadline for sealed players to news to accept accrued season: August 7

Regular season

  • 53-man register cuts: September 1, 4pm ET
  • Practice squads: September 2, 1pm ET
  • Week 1: September 6, 9-10

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