2012 NFL Calendar

By Adam Caplan
February 10, 2012

Here’s the first look at some of the key dates for the 2012 NFL calendar through the NFL Draft. More dates will be added as the NFL releases them:

2/20: First day for teams to designate franchise or transition players.

2/22-2/28: Combine timing and testing, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana.

3/5: Teams must designate franchise or transition players by 4:00 PM ET.

3/13: By 4:00 PM ET, teams 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.

3/13: By 4:00 PM ET, teams must submit a minimum salary offer to retain exclusive negotiating rights to their players with expiring 2011 contracts and who have fewer than three seasons of free agency credit.

3/13: By 4:00 PM ET, teams must exercise options for 2012 on all players who have option clauses in their 2011 contract.

3/13: All 2011 player contracts will expire at 4:00 PM ET.

3/13:The 2012 League Year and Free Agency and trading period begin at 4:00 PM ET.

3/26-3/28: Annual Meeting, Palm Beach, Florida.
4/26: First round of 2012 NFL Draft at 8:00 PM ET.

4/27: Rounds two to three of 2012 NFL Draft at 7:00 PM ET.

4/28: Rounds four to seven of 2012 NFL Draft at 12:00 PM ET.