With only one game left in the NFL’s 2013 season — Super Bowl XLVIII — the offseason officially starts for the San Francisco 49ers on the following day, February 3.
For the 49ers, the team entered offseason mode as soon as the disappointing loss in the NFC Championship was over. Days after the loss many players and coaches were already at 49ers headquarters preparing for the 2014 season. In order for the 49ers Faithful to keep up with everything Niners in the offseason, here are important dates to mark on your calendar:
Waiver system begins.
Regional Combine in Houston, TX.
Regional Combine in Florham Park, NJ.
Teams can begin designated free agents as franchise players.
Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis.
Regional Combine in Costa Mesa, CA.
Regional Combine in Tampa, FL.
Teams can begin negotiating – but can’t finalize a contract – with the certified agents of players who will become unrestricted free agents at 1 p.m. PT on March 11. Before this time, teams must:
- exercise 2014 option clauses in the 2013 contracts of players.
- submit qualifying offers to their restricted free agents.
- submit a minimum salary tender to retain negotiating rights with players who have expiring contracts and less than three full seasons of experience.
- be under the 2014 salary cap.
Free agency begins.
Regional Combine in Lake Forest, IL.
Regional Combine in Davie, FL.
Regional Combine in Renton, WA.
Annual owners meeting in Orlando, FL.
Regional Combine in Indianapolis, IN.
Regional Combine in Owings Mills, MD.
Super Regional Combine in Detroit, MI.
Teams with returning head coaches may begin offseason workout programs.
Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets.
Deadline for teams to exercise right of first refusal to their restricted free agents.
2014 NFL Draft in New York, Radio City Music Hall.
Spring meeting in Atlanta, GA.
May 29-June 1
NFLPA Rookie Premiere
May 30-June 1
Career development symposium.
Rookie symposium in Aurora, OH.
Teams report to Training Camp a maximum of 15 days before their first preseason game.
Free agents previously designated as “franchise players” must be signed to multi-year contracts by 1 p.m. PT, or they’re only eligible to be signed to one-year deals.
Opening Day – teams to be determined. The Sunday Week 1 games will be played on Sept. 7.