Updated 2014 NFL Calendar (January-May)

By Adam Caplan
June 10, 2013

January

January 4-5 -- Wild Card Playoff Games.

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

January 11-12 -- Divisional Playoff 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 18 -- East-West Shrine Game, Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida.

January 19 -- AFC and NFC Championship Games.

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

January 26 -- AFC-NFC Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii.

January 26 -- An assistant coach, whose team is participating in the Super Bowl, 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

February 2 -- Super Bowl XLVIII, MetLife Stadium, New York-New Jersey.

February 3 -- Waiver system begins for 2014. A 24-hour claiming period will be in effect through the Friday prior to the last regular season game (waivers requests made on Friday and Saturday of each week will expire at 4:00 p.m., New York time, on the following Monday.)  Players with at least four previous pension-credited seasons whom a club desires to terminate are not subject to the waiver system until after the trading deadline.

February 17 -- First day for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.

February 19-25 -- Combine Timing and Testing, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana.

March

March 3 -- Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.

March 8-11 -- 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 2013 Player Contracts at 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 11. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 11.

March 11 -- Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must exercise options for 2014 on all players who have option clauses in their 2013 contracts.

March 11 -- Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, 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 11 -- Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must submit a Minimum Salary Tender to retain exclusive negotiating rights to their players with expiring 2013 contracts and who have fewer than three Accrued Seasons of free agency credit.

March 11 -- Top-51 Begins. All clubs must be under the 2014 Salary Cap prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time. All 2013 player contracts will expire at 4:00 p.m., New York time.

March 11 -- The 2014 League Year and Free Agency period begin at 4:00 p.m., New York time.

The first day of the 2014 League Year will end at 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 11. clubs will receive a Personnel Notice that will include all transactions submitted to the league office during the period between 4:00 p.m., New York time, and 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 11.

March 11 -- Trading period for 2014 begins at 4:00 p.m., New York time, after expiration of all 2013 contracts.

March 23-26 -- Annual Meeting, Orlando, Florida.

April

April 7 -- Clubs that hired a new Head Coach after the end of the 2013 regular season may begin offseason workout programs.

April 21 -- Clubs with returning Head Coaches may begin offseason workout programs.

May

May 2 -- Deadline for Restricted Free Agents to sign Offer Sheets.

May 7 -- Deadline for Prior Club to exercise Right of First Refusal to Restricted Free Agents.

May 8-10 -- 2014 NFL Draft, New York City, New York.

May 19-21 -- NFL Spring League Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia.

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