Important Dates For Seahawks Offseason 2018

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January 1
Clubs may begin signing free agent players for the 2018 season.

January 1
Clubs may renegotiate or extend the rookie contract of a drafted rookie who was selected in any round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Any permissible renegotiated or extended player contract will not be considered a rookie contract, and will not be subject to the rules that limit rookie contracts.

January 1
Option exercise period begins for fifth-year option for first-round selections from the 2015 NFL Draft. To exercise the option, the club must give written notice to the player on or after January 1, but prior to May 3.

January 7
Assistant coaches under contract to playoff clubs that have byes in the Wild Card games may be interviewed for head coaching positions through the conclusion of the Wild Card games.

January 13-14
Divisional Playoffs.

January 14
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 15
Deadline for college players who are underclassmen to apply for special eligibility. A list of players who are accepted into the NFL Draft will be sent to clubs on January 19.

January 20
East-West Shrine Game, Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida.

January 20
NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California.
January 21    AFC and NFC Championship Games.

January 27
Senior Bowl, Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama.

January 28
NFL Pro Bowl, Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida.

January 28
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.

January 31
Deadline for NFL clubs to try out and negotiate with CFL players whose 2017 contracts are due to expire at 12 noon, New York time, on February 13.

February 4
Super Bowl LII, U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

February 5
Waiver system begins for 2018.

February 13
Beginning at 12 noon, New York time, NFL clubs may begin to sign players whose 2017 CFL contracts have expired. Players under contract to a CFL club for the 2018 season or who have an option for the 2018 season are not eligible to be signed.

February 20
First day for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.

February 27-March 5
NFL Scouting Combine, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana.
March 6
Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.

March 12-14
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 2017 player contracts at 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 14. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 14.

March 14
Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must exercise options for 2018 on all players who have option clauses in their 2017 contracts.

March 14
Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must submit qualifying offers to their Restricted Free Agents with expiring contracts to retain a Right of First Refusal/Compensation.

March 14
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 2017 contracts who have fewer than three accrued seasons of free agency credit.

March 14
Top 51 begins. All clubs must be under the 2018 salary cap prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time.

March 14
All 2017 player contracts will expire at 4:00 p.m., New York time.
March 14
The 2018 league year and free agency period begin at 4:00 p.m., New York time.
The first day of the 2018 league year will end at 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 14. 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 14.

March 14
The first day of the 2018 league year will end at 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 14. 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 14.

March 14
Trading period for 2018 begins at 4:00 p.m., New York time, after expiration of all 2017 contracts.

March 25-28
Annual League Meeting, Orlando, Florida.

April 2
Clubs that hired a new head coach after the end of the 2017 regular season may begin offseason workout programs.

April 16
Clubs with returning head coaches may begin offseason workout programs.

April 20
Deadline for Restricted Free Agents to sign offer sheets.

April 26-28
2018 NFL Draft, AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX.

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