NFL Sets Tentative Timetable For Football’s Return

Here’s what the NFL released Thursday evening on the schedule for the next two months involving the league as it comes back from four months of the owners’ lockout.

———- JULY ———-

July 23 – Voluntary training, conditioning and classroom instruction permitted until first day of clubs’ pre-season training camps; Free Agency List to be issued and will become effective on the first day of the 2011 League Year; Clubs/players may begin to renegotiate contracts; Clubs may begin to sign drafted rookies and their own UFAs, RFAs, Exclusive Rights Players and Franchise Players; Waivers begin for the 2011 League Year; starting at 1 p.m. CDT, clubs may negotiate with but not sign undrafted rookie free agents, free agents, and other clubs’ UFAs, RFAs, and Franchise Players.

July 24 – Starting at 1 p.m. CDT, clubs may begin to sign undrafted rookie free agents.

July 27 – The 2011 League Year starts at 1 p.m. CDT, provided that recertified NFLPA has ratified the agreement; Free Agency Signing Period begins; Clubs may sign free agents and other clubs’ Unrestricted Free Agents; Clubs may sign Offer Sheets; Trading period begins; All Clubs must be under the Salary Cap with the top 51 rule applying (that’s the top 51 salary numbers on the roster.); Rosters expanded to 90-man limit; Training camps open for all clubs. Day One activities will be limited to physicals, meetings, and conditioning. No pads permitted on Day Two (Thursday) or Day Three (Friday).

———- AUGUST ———-

August 9 – Deadline for players under contract to report to their clubs to earn an accrued season for free agency.

August 11-15 – First Pre-season Weekend.

August 12 – Deadline for signing of offer sheets by Restricted Free Agents; Deadline for June 1 tender to Unrestricted Free Agents. If the player has not signed a player contract with a club by August 26, he may negotiate or sign a player contract from August 26 until the Tuesday following the tenth week of the regular season, at 3 pm CDT, only with his prior club; If a drafted rookie has not signed by this date, he cannot be traded during his initial league year and may sign a contract only with the drafting club until the day of the Draft in the next league year.

August 13-17 – Each club has until five days prior to its second pre-season game to provide any tendered but unsigned Exclusive Rights Player or Restricted Free Agent with written notice of the club’s intent to place the player on the Exempt List if the player fails to report at least the day before the club’s second pre-season game.

August 16 – Deadline for prior club to exercise right of first refusal to Restricted Free Agents. (Four-day matching period concludes.)

August 17 – Deadline for June 1 tender to Restricted Free Agents who have received a qualifying offer for a right of first refusal only.

August 18-22 – Second Pre-season Weekend.

August 25-28 – Third Pre-season Weekend.

August 26 – Signing period ends for Unrestricted Free Agents who received the June 1 tender.

August 29 – Deadline for June 15 tender to Restricted Free Agents. If player’s qualifying offer is greater than 110% of the player’s prior year’s Paragraph 5 salary (base salary), the club may withdraw the qualifying offer on August 29 and retain its exclusive negotiating rights to the player, so long as the club immediately tenders the player a one-year Player Contract of at least 110% of his prior year’s Paragraph 5 salary, with all the terms of his prior year’s contract carried forward unchanged.

August 30 – Clubs reduce rosters from 90 to 75 players.

———- SEPTEMBER ———-

September 1-2 – Fourth Pre-season Weekend.

September 3 – Clubs reduce rosters to 53 players.

September 8-12 – First Regular-Season Weekend.

One Response to “NFL Sets Tentative Timetable For Football’s Return”

  • July 22, 2011  - JB says:

    This is what this much money and too many lawyers does to what used to be a great game….

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