Today Marks the first day NFL teams can use the Franchise Tag on Players

With this being an important date, what other dates should you know moving forward? Here is a list of key dates/events leading up to the 2021 NFL Draft.

  • February 23: First day for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players

  • March 9: Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.

  • March 15-17: 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 2020 player contracts at 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 17.

  • March 17: The 2021 league year and free agency period begin at 4:00 p.m., New York time.

  • April 5: Clubs with new head coaches may begin offseason workout programs.

  • April 19: Start of offseason workouts for teams with incumbent coaches.

  • April 23: Deadline for Restricted Free Agents to sign offer sheets.

  • April 29-May 1: 2021 NFL Draft, Cleveland, Ohio

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