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NFL Schedule Key Dates

Key Dates
2014
DateEvent
Sept. 28NFL International Series: Miami Dolphins vs. Oakland Raiders (London)
Oct. 7-8Fall league meeting (New York)
Oct. 14Beginning the day after the conclusion of the sixth regular season weekend and continuing through the day after the conclusion of the eleventh regular season weekend, clubs are permitted to begin practicing players on Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform and Reserve/Non-Football Injury or Illness for a period not to exceed 21 days. Players may be activated during the 21-day practice period or prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, on the day after the conclusion of the 21-day period.
Oct. 26NFL International Series: Detroit Lions vs. Atlanta Falcons (London)
Oct. 28Trade deadline (4 p.m. ET)
Oct. 29Players with at least four previous pension-credited seasons are subject to the waiver system for the remainder of the regular season and postseason.
Nov. 9NFL International Series: Dallas Cowboys vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (London)
Nov. 11Signing period ends for Franchise Players who are eligible to receive offer sheets (4 p.m. ET)
 Deadline for clubs to sign their unsigned Franchise and Transition Players, including Franchise Players who were eligible to receive offer sheets until this date. If still unsigned after this date, such players are prohibited from playing in NFL in 2014. (4 p.m. ET)
 Deadline for clubs to sign their Unrestricted Free Agents to whom the "June 1 Tender" was made. If still unsigned after this date, such players are prohibited from playing in NFL in 2014. (4 p.m. ET)
 Deadline for clubs to sign their Restricted Free Agents, including those to whom the “June 1 Tender” was made. If such players remain unsigned after this date, they are prohibited from playing in NFL in 2014. (4 p.m. ET)
Dec. 27 Clubs must provide the Management Council with written notice, signed by the individual club’s owner, indicating the amount, if any, of the club’s 2014 league year salary cap room to be credited to the club’s 2015 team salary (4 p.m. ET)
Dec. 28 Regular season ends
Dec. 29 Clubs may begin signing free agent players for the 2015 season
  Earliest permissible date for clubs to renegotiate or extend the rookie contract of a drafted rookie who was selected in any round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Any permissible renegotiated or extended player contract will not be considered a rookie contract, and will not be subject to the rules that limit rookie contracts
  Option exercise period begins for Fifth-Year Option for first-round selections from the 2012 NFL Draft. To exercise the option, the club must give written notice to the player on or after Dec. 29, 2014 but prior to May 3, 2015.
2015
DateEvent
Jan. 3-4 Playoffs begin -- Wild Card Weekend
Jan. 4 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.
Jan. 10-11 Divisional Playoffs
Jan. 11 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.
Jan. 18 Conference Championships
Jan. 25 2015 Pro Bowl (University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz., 8 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Feb. 1 Super Bowl XLIX (University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz., 6 p.m. ET, NBC)
 

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