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2016 NFL offseason: Dates to know for Browns fans

There's always something happening in the NFL.

That rings true today in Houston, where the league's owners will gather for a special meeting to decide on the future of the league when it pertains to Los Angeles. Three proposals from San Diego, Oakland and St. Louis will be evaluated and voted upon in what promises to be a landmark moment for the league.

That's not all, of course.

As the Browns' search for a new head coach and top talent evaluator continues, here's a look at the important days and events to know leading up and through the 2016 NFL Draft.

Jan. 12-13: Special League Meeting, Houston

Jan. 16-17: Divisional Playoff Games

Jan. 18: Deadline for underclassmen to declare for the 2016 NFL Draft

Jan 23: East-West Shrine Game, St. Petersburg, Florida

Jan. 23: NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, Carson, California

Jan. 24: AFC and NFC Championship games

Jan. 30: Senior Bowl, Mobile, Alabama

Jan. 31: An assistant coach who has previously interviewed for a head coaching position with another franchise may go through his second interview.

Feb. 7: Super Bowl 50, Santa Clara, California

Feb. 9: NFL teams are permitted to sign players whose CFL contracts have expired.

Feb. 13: NFL Regional Combines begin: 13th (Houston), 20th (Phoenix), 27th (Baltimore), March 5 (Minneapolis), March 12 (New Orleans)

Feb. 16: First day for teams to designate players with the franchise or transition tag

Feb. 23-29: NFL Scouting Combine, Indianapolis

March 1: Deadline to designate players with the franchise or transition tag

March 7-9: Teams are allowed to contact and enter into negotiations with agents of players who will become unrestricted free agents at the end of the 2015 league year.

March 9: 2016 league year begins at 4 p.m., meaning teams can sign free agents and execute trades. Franchises must be under the salary cap at the start of the period.

March 20-23: NFL's annual meetings, Boca Raton, Florida

April 4: Teams that hired a new head coach are permitted to begin offseason workouts.

April 22: Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets

April 28-30: 2016 NFL Draft, Chicago

May 6-9: NFL teams are allowed to hold a three-day mini camp for rookies. It can either run Friday-Sunday or Saturday-Monday.

May 13-16: Teams that did not hold a rookie mini camp the previous week are permitted to hold it this weekend.

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