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    Key offseason dates & details

    For the offseason football nerds like me, here’s some key dates and what they mean...



    Suddenly, here we are, heading into the six-month football abyss known as the NFL offseason. The next competitive snap won't come until Sept. 5.


    Key dates to know

    Feb. 14: The Oakland Athletics report to spring training. Yes, we know that's baseball, but this date should provide a hint of Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray's intentions for 2019 and beyond. The Heisman Trophy winner has a minor league contract with the A's and also has declared for the NFL draft. Reporting to spring training, rather than focusing on the NFL combine and draft, would be our first big clue into his plans.

    Feb. 19: The franchise/transition period begins. Every NFL team can use either tag on one pending free agent to ensure, at the very least, the right of first refusal should he sign an offer sheet elsewhere. The biggest candidates for the franchise tag include a foursome of pass-rushers: the Dallas Cowboys' Demarcus Lawrence, the Houston Texans' Jadeveon Clowney, the Kansas City Chiefs' Dee Ford and the Seattle Seahawks' Frank Clark. Read more on the Lawrence, Clowney and Ford cases from NFL Nation.

    Feb. 26-March 4: The scouting combine comes to Indianapolis. The annual draft meat market will give us a better idea of the 2019 quarterback class, information that if nothing else will provide a leverage point for projecting the top of the draft. At the moment, the highest-rated passer on both ESPN's Mel Kiper's and Todd McShay's big boards is Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins (No. 6 and No. 10, respectively). Is Haskins, Murray or perhaps even Duke's Daniel Jones worth consideration at No. 1 overall?


    March 5: The deadline for franchise/transition tags hits at 4 p.m. ET. Most of the tag action occurs late in the process, after teams and players have tested each other for parameters of a long-term deal. Any team that wants to use its tag must file paperwork before the mid-afternoon deadline.

    March 11-13: The free-agent negotiation period opens. Referred to by some as a time for "legal tampering" -- which makes no linguistic sense -- this intense period allows teams and agents of pending free agents to negotiate deals. Most of the offseason's major contract agreements will take place during this time. The 2019 class could be headed by Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell, who sat out 2018 rather than play a second season under a franchise tag. Available quarterbacks will include Teddy Bridgewater, Tyrod Taylor and possibly Nick Foles. Here are the top 50 free agents available on the market.

    March 13: Now it's official. Flip the calendars because the new league year begins. At 4 p.m. ET, all teams must be under the league's salary-cap ceiling, projected to be between $187 million and $191.1 million. Technically, each team's cap number is the sum of the cap numbers for its top 51 players. After that point, free-agent deals can be made official, as can trades. Significant names on the trade block include Steelers receiver Antonio Brown, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco and perhaps Foles, if the Philadelphia Eagles use the franchise tag on him with the purpose of auctioning him off rather than allowing him to leave as a free agent.

    March 24-27: Ah, the annual league meeting. With the gathering in Phoenix, owners will hold their primary meeting of the year. This is where two significant rule changes are debated and long-term plans are mapped out. Items on the competition committee agenda will include adjustments to replay and punting. The 2021 expiration of the league's collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with players also will come into sharper focus.

    April 1: The first offseason workouts take place. The NFL's eight teams with new head coaches can begin their offseason programs.

    April 15: The NFL's remaining 24 teams can begin workouts.

    April 25-27: It's draft time! Nashville, Tennessee, is the site for the 2019 event, which for the first time will be telecast on ABC, ESPN and the NFL Network. The Arizona Cardinals own the No. 1 overall pick. At the moment, Kiper's five highest-ranked players all play defense: Ohio State pass-rusher Nick Bosa, Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams, Kentucky linebacker Josh Allen, LSU linebacker Devin White and LSU cornerback Greedy Williams. Will new Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury select Bosa to line up opposite Chandler Jones? What will Jon Gruden do with three first-round picks? Will the New York Giants or Jacksonville Jaguars be the first to take a quarterback? Check out Scouts Inc.'s full draft rankings for scouting reports on the top prospects.

    May 3-6, 10-13: Teams can host a three-day rookie minicamp on one of these two weekends. Draft picks, undrafted rookies, tryout players and select first-year players can all participate.


    June 2: This is the key salary-cap date. Teams can lessen the salary-cap blow of players they release by designating them as post-June 1 cuts. The unamortized portion of their contracts then counts against the 2020 cap.

    July 15: Teams and franchise-tag players have until 4 p.m. ET to reach agreements on multiyear contracts. If they don't, the only option for playing in 2019 is under the one-year terms of the tag.

    Mid-July: The first training camps open. The CBA allows teams to open full-squad training camp up to 15 days before their first preseason game.

    Aug. 1: Football returns with the Hall of Fame Game. The first game of the preseason is played between teams selected by the NFL and officially opens the preseason slate.


    http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/2...gue-priorities
    Last edited by Pitzrrr; 02-05-2019 at 05:35 AM.

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    Great list and info - Thanks. I thought there used to be an "important dates" sticky on this forum. Maybe that was the old forum. I'll keep bumping this.

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    Why is Feb 14 an important date for Raider fans. It's just like any other day of the year. The Raiders will not draft Murray and have no intention of drafting Murray.

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    Quote Originally Posted by psly2124 View Post
    Why is Feb 14 an important date for Raider fans. It's just like any other day of the year. The Raiders will not draft Murray and have no intention of drafting Murray.
    Key NFL offseason dates not just Raider dates.

    Wheather we like it or not, only the people inside that “war room” know the Raiders plan moving foreword. For all we know Murray could be in play at #4, or could be in play somewhere else in the 1st round for the Raiders.

    Gruden and Mayock could both love him, they could be split and arguing about it right now, or they could have zero interest and are happy with our QB situation going into 2019.

    Everything’s on the table. All we can do is read the tea leaves and speculate.

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    If a team picks Murray anywhere above 27 it just pushes a better player down to the Raiders. I hope lots of QBs get drafted early.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rabidraider View Post
    If a team picks Murray anywhere above 27 it just pushes a better player down to the Raiders. I hope lots of QBs get drafted early.

    That's why I'm hoping for a legendary Dwayne Haskins pro day, get his ass up to the top 4.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raiderjohn622 View Post
    That's why I'm hoping for a legendary Dwayne Haskins pro day, get his ass up to the top 4.
    Oh yeah!.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pitzrrr View Post
    Key NFL offseason dates not just Raider dates.

    Wheather we like it or not, only the people inside that “war room” know the Raiders plan moving foreword. For all we know Murray could be in play at #4, or could be in play somewhere else in the 1st round for the Raiders.

    Gruden and Mayock could both love him, they could be split and arguing about it right now, or they could have zero interest and are happy with our QB situation going into 2019.

    Everything’s on the table. All we can do is read the tea leaves and speculate.
    The NFL does not revolve around Kyler Murray. It's a meaningless date on the calendar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by psly2124 View Post
    The NFL does not revolve around Kyler Murray. It's a meaningless date on the calendar.
    Yet at the same time he’s the most intriguing prospect in the entire draft. Like the Tim Tebow year.
    His name gets clicks and viewership #s so the media will push the story.

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