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February 28, 2008

2008 NFL Calendar


Yeah, yeah, we know that the kickoff to the season is a long way off, but there are some key dates that we thought might interest you. Now get out your Sharpie and mark that stupid calendar your grandmother got you for Christmas!

February 29

--

Veteran free agency signing period begins.




February 29

--

Trading period begins.




March 30-April 3

--

NFL Annual Meeting, Palm Beach, Florida.




April 18

--

Signing period ends for restricted free agents.




April 25

--

Deadline for old club to exercise right of first refusal to restricted free agents.




April 26-27

--

NFL Draft, New York City.




May 19-21

--

NFL Spring Meeting, Buckhead, Georgia.




June 1

--

Deadline for old clubs to send tender to unsigned unrestricted free agents to receive exclusive negotiating rights for rest of season if player is not signed by another club by July 22*.




June 1

--

Deadline for old clubs to send tender to unsigned restricted free agents or to extend qualifying offer to retain exclusive negotiating rights.




June 15

--

Deadline for old clubs to withdraw original qualifying offer to unsigned restricted free agents

and still retain exclusive negotiating rights by substituting tender of 110 percent of previous year’s salary.




June 29-July 2

--

NFL Rookie Symposium, Carlsbad, California.




Late July

--

Training camps open.




July 22 *

--

Signing period ends at 4:00 PM ET for unrestricted free agents who received June 1 tender.




August 3

--

Pro Football Hall of Fame Game, Canton, Ohio (Indianapolis vs. Washington).




August 7-11

--

First preseason weekend.




August 26

--

Roster cutdown to maximum of 75 players.




August 30

--

Roster cutdown to maximum of 53 players.




September 4-8

--

Kickoff 2008 Weekend.

* Or the first scheduled day of the first NFL training camp, whichever is later.

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