So if you’re wondering what NFL teams do now, here’s a look at some key dates upcoming (here is the original source for the calendar below):
Feb. 17: First day for clubs to designate franchise or transition Players.
Feb. 19-25: NFL Combine, Indianapolis
March 8-11: A four-day period when teams are permitted to contact, and enter into contract negotiations with, the certified agents of players who will become unrestricted free agents upon the expiration of their 2013 player contracts at 4 p.m. Eastern Time on March 11. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 4 p.m. Eastern Time on March 11.
March 11: What is considered the new league year begins, as does free agency.
March 11: Before 4 p.m. Eastern Time, teams must exercise options for 2014 on all players who have option clauses in their 2013 contracts.
March 11: Before 4 p.m. Eastern Time, teams must submit qualifying offers to their restricted free agents with expiring contracts.
March 11: Before 4 p.m. Eastern Time, teams must submit a minimum salary tender to retain exclusive negotiating rights to their players with expiring 2013 contracts and who have fewer than three accrued Seasons of free agency credit.
March 11: All teams must be under the 2014 salary cap before 4 p.m. Eastern Time.
March 23-26: NFL wwners meeting, Orlando, Fla.
April 7: Teams that hired a new head coach after the end of the 2013 regular season may begin off-season workout programs.
April 21: Teams with returning head coaches may begin off-season workout programs (this would obviously include the Seahawks).
May 2: Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets.
May 7: Deadline for prior club to exercise right of first refusal to restricted free agents.
May 8-10: NFL draft, New York, Radio City Music Hall. First round begins at 8 p.m. ET.
May 19-21: Spring meeting, Atlanta