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Important Dates for the 2017-18 NFL Season

In addition to the Los Angeles' Chargers full slate of games, here is a full list of important dates provided by the league to mark on your calendar.

Please note that specific, detailed information on the team's training camp will be available shortly, including dates and times for open practices at the Jack Hammett Sports Complex in Costa Mesa.


June 19-23– Rookie Experience Transition Program to be held at individual clubs. Attendance is mandatory for all 2017 Rookies. The Chargers' will take place the week following mini camp.




July 17– At 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for any Club that designated a Franchise Player to sign such player to a multiyear contract or extension.  After this date, the player may sign only a one-year contract with his Prior Club for the 2017 season, and such contract cannot be extended until after the Club's last regular season game. 

Mid-July– Clubs are permitted to open preseason training camp for Rookies (defined as a player who has never signed a Player Contract with an NFL Club in a prior League Year) beginning seven days prior to the club's earliest permissible mandatory reporting date for Veteran players. A Club's preseason training camp will be deemed to have officially opened on the designated reporting date for all Rookies. 

July 24– At 4:00 p.m., New York time, Signing Period ends for Transition Players with outstanding tenders. After this date and until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on the Tuesday following the 10th weekend of the regular season, Prior Club has exclusive negotiating rights.

At 4:00 p.m., New York time, Signing Period ends for Unrestricted Free Agents to whom a "May 9 Tender" was made by Prior Club. After this date and until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on the Tuesday following the 10th weekend of the regular season, Prior Club has exclusive negotiating rights.




August 3-6– Hall of Fame Weekend, Canton, Ohio.  LaDainian Tomlinson will be enshrined on Saturday, Aug. 5.

August 8 - If a Drafted Rookie has not signed with his club by this date, he cannot be traded to any other club in 2017, and may sign a Player Contract only with the drafting club until the day of the Draft in the 2018 League Year. 



September 2– Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must reduce rosters to a maximum of 53 players on the Active/Inactive List. 

Simultaneously with the cut-down to 53, clubs that have players in the categories of Active/Physically Unable to Perform or Active/Non-Football Injury or Illness must select one of the following options: place player on Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform or Reserve/Non-Football Injury or Illness, whichever is applicable; request waivers; terminate contract; trade contract; or continue to count the player on the Active List. 

September 3– Claiming period for players placed on waivers at the final roster reduction will expire at 12:00 noon, New York time. 

Upon receipt of the Personnel Notice at approximately 1:00 p.m., New York time, clubs may establish a Practice Squad of 10 players (the four designated clubs (NFC South) may sign one player to an International Practice Player Contract.) No club, including the player's prior club, will be permitted to sign a player to a Practice Player Contract until all clubs have received simultaneous notification via the above Personnel Notice that such player's prior NFL Player Contract has been terminated via the waiver system. 

September 26– Beginning on the Tuesday following the third weekend of regular season games, the claiming priority is based on the inverse order of the standing of clubs in the current season's games.




Mid-October– Beginning on the sixth calendar day prior to a club's seventh regular season game (including any bye week) clubs are permitted to begin practicing players on Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform and Reserve/Non-Football Injury or Illness who are 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, provided that no player may be activated to participate in a Week Six game. 

October 17-18– Fall League Meeting, The Conrad, New York, NY. 

October 31– All trading ends for 2017 at 4:00 p.m., New York time. 




November 1– Players with at least four previous pension-credited seasons are subject to the waiver system for the remainder of the regular season and postseason. 



December 13– Special League Meeting, Four Seasons-Las Colinas, Irving, Texas. 




January 1– Clubs may begin signing free agent players for the 2018 season,

January 6-7– Wild Card Playoff Games.

January 13-14– Divisional Playoff Games.

January 21– AFC and NFC Championship Games.

January 27 – NFL Pro Bowl, Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida. 




February 4– Super Bowl LII, U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

February 20– First day for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players. 

February 27-March 5– Combine Timing and Testing, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana.



March 6– Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players. 

March 12-14– During the period beginning at 12:00 noon, New York time, on March 12 and ending at 3:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 14, clubs 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 2017 Player Contracts at 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 14. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 14. 

During the above two-day negotiating period, no direct contact is permitted between a prospective Unrestricted Free Agent and any employee or representative of a club, other than the player's current club. 

March 14 – The 2018 League Year and Free Agency period begin at 4:00 p.m.,  New York time. 

March 25-28– Annual League Meeting, Ritz Carlton, Orlando, Florida. 




April 2– Clubs that hired a new Head Coach after the end of the 2017 regular season may begin offseason workout programs. 

April 16– Clubs with returning Head Coaches may begin offseason workout programs.

April 20– Deadline for Restricted Free Agents to sign Offer Sheets.

April 26-28– Annual Player Selection Meeting, TBD.




May 2– Deadline for Clubs to exercise Fifth-Year Option for players selected in the first round of the 2015 Draft. 

May 4-7 or May 11-14– Clubs may elect to hold their one three-day post-Draft rookie minicamp from Friday through Sunday or Saturday through Monday. 

May 21-23 – Spring League Meeting, Ritz Carlton, Buckhead, Georgia. 


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