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NFL Calendar 2022: The start of free agency, the 2022 NFL Draft and other important offseason dates

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The 2022 NFL offseason is officially open, bringing the opportunity for every franchise to improve as they prepare for next season.

Between the Scouting Combine, the start of free agency and the 2022 NFL Draft, the 2022 offseason promises to be as action-packed as ever. Here are the important dates to mark in your calendar as we look forward to draft day.

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MARCH

March 1-7: NFL Scouting Combine (Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Ind.)

March 8, 4:00 p.m. ET: Deadline for NFL teams to designate Franchise or Transition tags

March 14, 12:00 p.m. ET – March 16, 3:59:59 p.m. ET: Teams are allowed to contact and enter negotiations with unrestricted free agents whose contracts expire at 4:00 p.m. ET on March 16

March 16, 4:00 p.m. ET: The 2022 League Year and Free Agency begin

March 16, 4:00 p.m. ET: The trading period for 2022 begins after the expiration of 2021 contacts at 4:00 p.m.

March 27-30: Annual League Meeting (The Breakers Palm Beach, Fla.)

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APRIL

April 4: Teams with new coaches who were hired after the 2021 regular season may begin offseason workout programs

April 18: Teams with returning head coaches may start offseason workout programs

April 20: Deadline to bring draft-eligible players to their facilities for a physical examination

April 22: Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets

April 27: Deadline for prior teams to exercise Right of First Refusal to restricted free agents

April 27: Deadline to time, test and interview draft-eligible players

April 28-30: 2022 NFL Draft (Las Vegas, NV)

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