Here’s a list of important dates for this NFL calendar year leading up to the beginning of the 2010 regular season.
Wednesday – March 2 — NFL Scouting Combine, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Thursday — Deadline for clubs to designate franchise and transition players.
March 4 — Expiration date of all player contracts due to expire in 2010
March 4 — Deadline for submission of qualifying offers by clubs to their restricted free agents whose contracts have expired and to whom they desire to retain a right of first refusal/compensation.
March 4 — Deadline for clubs to submit offer of minimum salary to retain exclusive negotiating rights to their players with fewer than three seasons of free agency credit whose contracts have expired.
March 5 — Veteran free agency signing period begins.
March 5 — Trading period begins.
Mid-March – First offseason workouts for players begin.
March 21-24 — NFL Annual Meeting, Orlando, Florida. Compensatory picks are usually announced during this time.
Mid-April: This is when the NFL usually announces the dates and times for all regular-season games. The Seahawks home and away opponents already have been determined. Seattle will host Arizona, San Francisco, St. Louis, Atlanta, Carolina, San Diego, Kansas City and the N.Y. Giants, and they will travel to Arizona, San Francisco, St. Louis, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Oakland, Denver and Chicago.
April 15 — Deadline for signing of Offer Sheets by Restricted Free Agents.
April 21 — Deadline for old club to exercise right of first refusal to restricted free agents.
April 22: NFL Draft, first round, 4:30 p.m. (PT).
April 23: NFL Draft, second and third rounds, 3:30 p.m. (PT).
April 24: NFL Draft, fourth-seventh rounds, 7 a.m. (PT).
May 24-26 — NFL Spring Meeting, Dallas, Texas.
June 1 — Deadline for old clubs to send tender to unsigned unrestricted free agents to receive exclusive negotiating rights for rest of season if player is not signed by another club by July 22.
June 1 — Deadline for old clubs to send tender to unsigned restricted free agents or to extend qualifying offer to retain exclusive negotiating rights.
June 15 — Deadline for old clubs to withdraw original qualifying offer to unsigned restricted free agents and still retain exclusive negotiating rights by substituting tender of 110 percent of previous year’s salary.
June 27-30 — NFL Rookie Symposium, Carlsbad, California.
Mid-July — Training camps open.
July 22 — Signing period ends at 4:00 PM ET for unrestricted free agents who received June 1 tender.
August 8 — Pro Football Hall of Fame Game, Canton, Ohio.
August 12-16 — First preseason weekend.
August 31 — Roster cut down to maximum of 75 players.
September 4 — Roster cutdown to maximum of 53 players.
September 9-13 — Kickoff 2010 Weekend.