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2022 NFL League Calendar: Important dates including Free Agency and the Draft

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Franchise Tag, Free Agency, and NFL Draft Dates

Here are some other important upcoming league dates to be aware of:

  • February 22nd: Teams can begin applying the franchise or transition tag to players on their team.
  • March 8th: The final day to declare a franchise player, before 4:00 PM ET.
  • March 14th – March 16th: Teams can begin entering contract negotiations with players who will be unrestricted free agents. Qualifying offers to restricted free agents and offers to unrestricted free agents who the team wants to retain should also be made during this stretch. This is otherwise known as the “Legal tampering period.”
  • March 16th: At 4:00 PM ET, free agency officially begins, and teams may begin signing players or trading players who are still under contract.


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