The NFL has announced a list of important dates for 2013:
January 5-6: Wild Card Playoffs
January 6: Assistant coaches under contract to playoff clubs that have byes in the Wild Card weekend may be interviewed for head coaching positions through the conclusion of the Wild Card games.
January 12-13: Divisional Playoffs.
January 13: Assistant coaches under contract to playoff clubs that won their Wild Card games may be interviewed for head coaching positions through the conclusion of Divisional Playoff games.
January 15: Deadline for underclassmen to petition for special eligibility for the 2013 NFL Draft.
January 19: East-West Shrine Game, Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida.
January 20: AFC and NFC Championship Games.
January 26: Senior Bowl, Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama.
January 27: AFC-NFC Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii.
January 27: An assistant coach, whose team is participating in the Super Bowl, who has previously interviewed for another club’s head coaching job may have a second interview with such club no later than the Sunday preceding the Super Bowl.
February 3: Super Bowl XLVII, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana.
February 20-26: Combine Timing and Testing, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana.
March 9-11: Clubs are permitted to enter into contract negotiations with certified agents of players who will be Unrestricted Free Agents at the end of the current League Year.
March 12: All 2012 player contracts will expire at 4 p.m., Eastern time
March 12: Prior to 4 p.m., Eastern time, clubs must exercise options for 2013 on all players who have option clauses in their 2012 contracts, make Qualifying Offers to their Restricted Free Agents with expiring contracts and to whom they desire to retain a Right of First Refusal/Compensation and clubs must submit a minimum salary offer to retain exclusive negotiating rights to their players with expiring 2012 contracts and who have fewer than three seasons of free agency credit.
March 12: Top-51 Begins. All clubs must be under the Salary Cap
March 12: The 2013 League Year and Free Agency period begin at 4 p.m. Trading period also begins at 4.
March 17-20: Annual League Meeting, The Biltmore, Phoenix, Arizona.
April 25-27: NFL Draft, New York City, New York.
May 20-22: NFL Spring League Meeting, Hyatt-Harborside, Boston, Massachusetts.
September 5, 8-9: NFL Kickoff 2013.
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