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2018 Browns offseason: Important dates to know

Posted Jan 3, 2018

There’s always something to look forward to in the NFL

It’s been a little quiet in Berea over the past few days, but the NFL’s offseason calendar knows no such tranquility.

There’s a “tentpole” event for each month of the NFL’s calendar, and there’s a few big ones in January alone.

Here’s a look at the major events to know.

Jan. 15 - Deadline for underclassmen to declare for the 2017 Draft. An official list of these players is released four days later.

Jan. 20 - East-West Shrine Game (St. Petersburg, Florida) and NFLPA Collegiate Bowl (Pasadena, California)

Jan. 23-27 - Senior Bowl practices begin in Mobile, Alabama, with the game happening at the end of the week.

Jan. 28 - NFL Pro Bowl (Orlando)

Feb. 4 - Super Bowl LII (Minneapolis)

Feb. 5 - Waiver system fires back up for 2018.

Feb. 20 - First day for teams to designate Franchise or Transition players

Feb. 27-March 5 - NFL Scouting Combine (Indianapolis)

March 6 - Deadline for teams to designate Franchise or Transition players

March 12-14 - Teams are permitted to contact and negotiate contracts with agents of players who will become unrestricted free agents at the start of the new league year. The contract can’t be finalized until the start of the league year.

March 14 - The 2018 league year begins at 4 p.m. EST, thus opening free agency.

March 25-28 - Annual league meeting (Orlando)

April 2 - Teams that hired a new head coach are permitted to begin offseason workouts.

April 16 - Teams with returning head coaches are permitted to begin offseason workouts.

April 26-28 - 2018 NFL Draft (Arlington, Texas)

May 4-7 or 11-14 - Teams are permitted to hold one, three-day minicamp with drafted, signed or tryout rookies.

July 16 - Deadline for players who received Franchise Player designation to sign a multi-year contract or extension.

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