NFL offseason key dates

February 27-March 5

     The NFL combine starts as the new pool of talent show off their athleticism in Indianapolis, IN. The players will compete in events such as the 40-yard dash, vertical jump, and 3-cone drill. College Football’s stars will be there such as Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma, Saquon Barkley of Penn State, and Lamar Jackson of Louisville. Many former Nebraska players will also show off their talent. Those players are Drew Brown, Nick Gates, Joshua Kalu, Chris Jones, and Tanner Lee. You can see the full list of participants here.

March 12

     At this point, any team can contact a free agent player who is looking to find a team to join. They cannot sign the player though.

March 14

     Teams can now sign free agents. Many big names for current free agents include Drew Brees, Le’Veon Bell, Kirk Cousins, Allen Robinson, Malcolm Butler, Jarvis Landry, Jimmy Graham, and Dion Lewis.

April 16

     Teams with returning head coaches can start their offseason workouts. This is optional for players but it is recommended that they go.

April 26-28

     The NFL draft takes place on these days. The players that competed in the NFL combine and others across the nation will get drafted over this weekend.

Mid-July

     The first NFL practices start. Each team starts training camp for the upcoming season.

August 2

The first NFL preseason game. The Hall of Fame Game this year is between the Ravens and the Bears. The game will take place in Canton, Ohio.

August 4

     The 2018 NFL Hall of Fame class is officially inducted into the Hall of Fame. This year’s class includes Safety Brian Dawkins, Linebacker Ray Lewis, Wide Receiver Randy Moss, Wide Receiver Terrell Owens, Linebacker Brian Urlacher, Lineman Jerry Kramer, Linebacker Robert Brazile, and General Manager Bobby Beathard.

September 1

Each team has to cut their roster down to 53 players.

September 6

     The Eagles, who are the defending Super Bowl Champions, will kick the season off. They will reveal their banner and play in the first NFL game of the season.

September 9

The first Sunday of the NFL regular season.