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2016 Important Dates for Raiders, NFL

Posted Feb 8, 2016

The Super Bowl is in the books and the new league year has unofficially begun. There is plenty to look forward to as the Raiders gear up for another campaign.

The calendar has flipped to the 2016 offseason now that the Super Bowl is in the books. There is plenty to look forward to as the Raiders gear up for another campaign. From the combine through free agency and the 2016 NFL Draft, take a look at what happens when.

January 9-10 Wild Card Weekend

January 16-17 - Divisional playoffs

January 23 - East-West Shrine Game, Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida

January 23 - NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, StubHub Center, Carson, California

January 24 - AFC and NFC Championship games

January 30 - Senior Bowl, Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama

January 31 - Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii

February 7 - Super Bowl 50, Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California

February 8 - Waiver system begins for 2016

February 13 - NFL Regional Combines, Houston Texans Methodist Training Facility, Houston, Texas

February 16 - First day for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players

February 20 - NFL Regional Combines, Arizona Cardinals Training Facility, Phoenix, Arizona

February 23-29 - NFL Scouting Combine, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis

February 27 - NFL Regional Combines, Baltimore Ravens Under Armour Performance Center, Owings Mills, Maryland

March 1 - Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players

March 5 - NFL Regional Combines, Minnesota Vikings Training Facility Max Winter Park, Eden Prairie, Minnesota

March 7-9 - 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 2015 Player Contracts at 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 9. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 9.

March 9 - Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must exercise options for 2016 on all players who have option clauses in their 2015 contracts.

March 9 - 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 9 - Top-51 Begins. All clubs must be under the 2016 salary cap prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time.

March 9 - All 2015 player contracts expire at 4:00 p.m., New York time.

March 9 - The 2016 league year and free agency period begins at 4:00 p.m., New York time.

The first day of the 2016 league year will end at 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 9. 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 9.

March 9 - Trading period for 2016 begins at 4:00 p.m., New York time, after expiration of all 2015 contracts.

March 12 - NFL Regional Combines, New Orleans Saints Training Facility, Metairie, Louisiana

April 18 - Offseason workout program begins.

April 22 - Deadline for Restricted Free Agents to sign offer sheets

April 28-30 - 2016 NFL Draft, Chicago

April 30 - After the final selection in the Draft has been made, clubs may begin signing Undrafted Free Agents who were eligible for the 2016 Draft.

May 6-9 - First weekend after the NFL Draft: clubs may elect to hold their one three-day post-draft rookie minicamp from Friday through Sunday or Saturday through Monday.

May 13-16 - Second weekend after the NFL Draft: clubs may elect to hold their one three-day post-draft rookie minicamp from Friday through Sunday or Saturday through Monday.

June 19-25 - Rookie Symposium, Aurora, Ohio

July 15 - At 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline 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.