The 2016 NFL Season is still months away, but there’s no harm in preparing for the bevy of NFL betting action that comes with it by looking at some of its most important dates.
Top Dates in the 2016 NFL Offseason Calendar
April 22: Closing date for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets.
Mid-to-late April: Release of the 2016 NFL schedule for all teams in the league.
April 28-30: 2016 NFL Draft (set to take in Chicago, Illinois).
May 6-9: As the first weekend after the 2016 NFL draft, teams may elect to hold their one three-day post-draft rookie minicamps, starting from Friday to Sunday or Saturday to Monday.
May 9: Rookie Football Development Program Begins.
May 13-16: As the second weekend after the 2016 NFL draft, teams may elect to hold their one three-day post-draft rookie minicamps, starting from Friday to Sunday or Saturday to Monday.
May 19-22: NFLPA Rookie Premiere. Invited rookies (usually, first- and/or second-round selections) must be permitted by their respective teams to attend the Premiere. These players are typically allowed to skip offseason workouts, minicamps and OTA days during this period.
May 23-25: NFL spring league meeting (set to take place in Charlotte, North Carolina).
June 19-25: Rookie Symposium (in Aurora, Ohio).
July 15: Deadline (4 p.m. ET) for any club that designated a franchise player to sign such player to a multiyear contract or extension. After this date, the player may sign only a one-year contract with his prior club for the 2016 season, and such contract cannot be extended until after the club’s last regular-season game.
Mid July: Clubs are permitted to open preseason training camp for rookies while veteran players set to report to the club’s preseason training camp as is stipulated in NFL rules.
July 22: Signing Period ends for unrestricted Free Agents to whom a “May 10 Tender” was made by prior club. Also, on this deadline, signing Period ends for Transition Players with outstanding tenders.