Key offseason dates for the NFL

With things quiet in Flowery Branch, I thought it would be a good time to revisit some key dates during this 2010 offseason.

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: Draft, New York. Everyone is thinking defense.

May 24-26: NFL spring meeting, Dallas

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, Calif.

Mid-July: Training camps open. We should know July 1st when the Falcons officially begin.

July 22: Signing period ends at 4 p.m. for unrestricted free agents who received June 1 tender.

Aug. 8: Pro Football Hall of Fame Game: Cowboys vs. Bengals, 8 p.m. ET, Canton, Ohio

Aug. 12-16: First preseason weekend

Aug. 31: Roster cutdown to maximum of 75 players.

Sept. 4: roster cutdown to maximum of 53 players

Sept. 9-13: Kickoff 2010 Weekend

Sept. 12: TBD at Giants, Meadowlands Stadium

Sept. 13: TBD at Jets, Meadowlands Stadium

Feb. 6, 2011: Super Bowl XLV, Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas

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