Key Dates, 2020 Season

Burner's Burning Questions: Key Dates, 2020 Season


Today we are posting key dates to know during this offseason.

Feel free to use this offseason guide on key dates as a reference. We'll edit it if the date changes or if there are any key additions/subtractions.

So let's roll up our sleeves and get to work.

Important Dates For 2020 NFL Offseason

January 5 - Assistant coaches under contract to playoff clubs that have byes in the Wild Card games may be interviewed for head coaching positions through the conclusion of the Wild Card games.

January 12 - Assistant coaches under contract to playoff clubs that won their Wild Card games may be interviewed for head coaching positions through the conclusion of Divisional Playoff games.

January 17 - Deadline for college players who are underclassmen to apply for special eligibility. A list of players who are accepted into the NFL Draft will be sent to clubs on January 21.

January 18 - East-West Shrine Game, Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida.

January 18 - NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California.

January 25 - Senior Bowl, Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama.

January 26 - An assistant coach whose team is participating in the Super Bowl and who has previously interviewed for another club's head coaching job, may have a second interview with such club no later than the Sunday preceding the Super Bowl.

February 3 - Waiver system begins for 2020.

February 11 - Beginning at 12:00 p.m. EDT, NFL clubs may begin to sign players whose 2019 CFL contracts have expired. Players under contract to a CFL club for the 2020 season or who have an option for the 2020 season are not eligible to be signed.

February 25 - First day for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.

February 24-March 2 - NFL Scouting Combine, Indianapolis, Indiana.

March 10 - Prior to 4:00 p.m. EDT, deadline for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.

March 16-18 - Clubs are permitted to contact and enter into contract negotiations with the certified agents of players who will become Unrestricted Free Agents upon the expiration of their 2019 Player Contracts at 4:00 p.m. EDT, on March 18. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 4:00 p.m. EDT on March 18.

March 18 - Prior to 4:00 p.m. EDT, clubs must exercise options for 2020 on all players who have option clauses in their 2019 contracts.

March 18 - Prior to 4:00 p.m. EDT, clubs must submit qualifying offers to their Restricted Free Agents with expiring contracts and to whom they desire to retain a Right of First Refusal/Compensation.

March 18 - Prior to 4:00 p.m. EDT, clubs must submit a Minimum Salary Tender to retain exclusive negotiating rights to their players with expiring 2019 contracts and who have fewer than three accrued seasons of free agency credit.

March 18 - Top-51 Begins. All clubs must be under the 2020 salary cap prior to 4:00 p.m. EDT.

March 18 - All 2019 player contracts will expire at 4:00 p.m. EDT.

March 18 - The 2020 league year and free agency period begin at 4:00 p.m. EDT.

The first day of the 2020 league year will end at 11:59:59 p.m. EDT on March 18. Clubs will receive a personnel notice that will include all transactions submitted to the league office during the period between 4:00 p.m. EDT and 11:59:59 p.m. EDT on March 18.

March 18 - Trading period for 2020 begins at 4:00 p.m. EDT after expiration of all 2019 contracts.

March 29-April 1 - Annual League Meeting in Palm Beach, FL.

April 6 - Clubs that hired a new head coach after the end of the 2019 regular season may begin offseason workout programs.

April 17 - Clubs with returning head coaches may begin offseason workout programs.

April 17 - Deadline for Restricted Free Agents to sign offer sheets.

April 23-25 - 2020 NFL Draft in Las Vegas, NV.

May 3-6 - Clubs may elect to hold their one three-day post-Draft rookie minicamp from Friday through Sunday or Saturday through Monday.

April 27 - Beginning this date, NFL clubs may request permission to visit with, try out, or sign any player who was under contract to the XFL at the conclusion of the XFL season.

May 1-4 - Clubs may elect to hold their one three-day post-Draft rookie minicamp from Friday through Sunday or Saturday through Monday.

May 5 - Deadline for Prior Club to send "May 5 Tender" to its unsigned Unrestricted Free Agents. If the player has not signed a Player Contract with a club by July 22 or the first scheduled day of the first NFL training camp, whichever is later, he may negotiate or sign a Player Contract from that date until the Tuesday following the 10th weekend of the regular season, at 4:00 p.m. EDT, only with his prior club.

May 8-11 - Clubs may elect to hold their one three-day post-Draft rookie minicamp from Friday through Sunday or Saturday through Monday.

May 11 - Rookie Football Development Programs begin.

May 14-17 - NFLPA Rookie Premiere. Invited Rookies (typically, first and/or second-round selections) must be permitted by their respective clubs to attend. Such players are unavailable for offseason workouts, OTA days, and minicamps during this period.

May 19-20 - Spring League Meeting in Marina Del Ray, CA.

June 1 - Deadline for Prior Club to send "June 1 Tender" to its unsigned Restricted Free Agents who received a qualifying offer for a Right of First Refusal Only in order for such player to be subject to the CBA's "June 15 Tender" provision.

June 15 - Deadline for club to withdraw qualifying offer to Restricted Free Agents and still retain exclusive negotiating rights by substituting "June 15 Tender" of one-year contract at 110 percent of the player's prior-year Paragraph 5 Salary (with all other terms of his prior-year contract carried forward unchanged).

Late June - Rookie Transition Program to be held at individual clubs. Attendance is mandatory for all rookies.

July 15 – At 4:00 p.m. EDT, deadline for any club that designated a Franchise Player to sign such player to a multiyear contract or extension. After this date, the player may sign only a one year contract with his prior club for the 2020 season, and such contract cannot be extended until after the club's last regular season game.

Mid-July - Clubs are permitted to open preseason training camp for rookies and first-year players beginning seven days prior to the club's earliest permissible mandatory reporting date for veteran players.

Veteran players (defined as a player with at least one pension-credited season) other than quarterbacks or "injured players" (as defined in CBA Article 21, Section 6) may report to a club's preseason training camp no earlier than 15 days prior to the club's first scheduled preseason game or July 15, whichever is later.

Veteran quarterbacks and injured players may be required to report to the club's preseason training camp no earlier than five days immediately prior to the mandatory reporting date for all other veteran players, provided the club has already opened (or simultaneously opens) its official preseason training camp for all rookies and first-year players.

A three-day acclimation period will apply to players who are on a club's roster up to and including the mandatory veteran reporting date. Players who join the roster after that date may practice (including wearing pads) and play immediately after passing a physical.

July 22* - Signing Period ends for unrestricted Free Agents to whom a "May 5 Tender" was made by prior club. After this date and until 4:00 p.m. EDT on the Tuesday following the 10th weekend of the regular season, prior club has exclusive negotiating rights.

* Or the first scheduled day of the first NFL training camp, whichever is later.

July 22 - Signing Period ends for Transition Players with outstanding tenders. After this date and until 4:00 p.m. EDT on the Tuesday following the 10th weekend of the regular season, prior club has exclusive negotiating rights.

August 11 - Deadline for players under contract to report to their clubs to earn an accrued season for free agency.

If a drafted rookie has not signed with his club by this date, he cannot be traded to any other club in 2020, and may sign a player contract only with the drafting club until the day of the Draft in the 2021 League Year.

September 5 - Prior to 4:00 p.m. EDT, clubs must reduce rosters to a maximum of 53 players on the Active/Inactive List. Simultaneously with the cut-down to 53, clubs that have players in the categories of Active/Physically Unable to Perform or Active/Non-Football Injury or Illness must select one of the following options: place player on Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform or Reserve/Non- Football Injury or Illness, whichever is applicable; request waivers; terminate contract; trade contract; or continue to count the player on the Active List.

September 6 - Claiming period for players placed on waivers at the final roster reduction will expire at 12:00 p.m. EDT.

September 6 - Upon receipt of the Personnel Notice at approximately 1:00 p.m. EDT, clubs may establish a practice squad of 10 players. No club, including the player's prior club, will be permitted to sign a player to a practice player contract until all clubs have received simultaneous notification via the above Personnel Notice that such player's prior NFL player contract has been terminated via the waiver system.

September 10 - At 12:00 a.m. EDT, the Top 51 Rule expires for all NFL clubs.

September 10, 13-14 - The NFL regular season begins.

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