NFL Releases List Of Important Dates For 2017-2018 Season

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The 2017 NFL season is just a few months away from kicking off, and the league recently released its list of important dates for the upcoming year. The Oakland Raiders are coming off of an impressive 12-4 record, which featured a return to the playoffs for the first time in 14 years. Before the Silver and Black take the field, here's a look at all the important dates you should know.

July 17 - 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 2017 season, and such contract cannot be extended until after the club's last regular season game.

July 24- Signing period ends for Transition Players with outstanding tenders. After this date and until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on the Tuesday following the 10th weekend of the regular season, prior club has exclusive negotiating rights.

July 24* - Signing period ends for Unrestricted Free Agents to whom a "May 9 Tender" was made by prior club. After this date and until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on the Tuesday following the 10th weekend of the regular season, prior club has exclusive negotiating rights.

August 3- Hall of Fame Game, Arizona Cardinals vs. Dallas Cowboys, Canton, Ohio.

August 3-6 - Hall of Fame Weekend, Canton, Ohio.

August 9-13- First Preseason Weekend.

August 17-21- Second Preseason Weekend

August 24-27 - Third Preseason Weekend

August 31- Final Preseason Games.

September 2- Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must reduce rosters to a maximum of 53 players on the Active/Inactive List.

September 7, 10-11 - Regular Season opens.

October 31- All trading ends for 2017 at 4:00 p.m., New York time.

November 19 -NFL Mexico Series, New England Patriots vs. Oakland Raiders, Estadio Azteca.

January 6-7 - Wild Card Playoffs.

January 13-14- Divisional Playoffs.

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.

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

February 27-March 5- Combine Timing and Testing, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana.

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.

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

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

April 26-28 - NFL Draft (site TBD).

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