2021-22 Football Calendar

Here are some of the key dates for the upcoming off-season; the remaining dates are still to be determined:

March 17: New league year begins at 4 PM ET; all teams have to be under the 2021 salary cap; teams may start signing free agents; trading period begins

TBD: NFL annual league meetings in Palm Beach

April 17: Deadline to sign restricted free agents to offer sheets

April 29-May 1: 2021 draft in Cleveland

August 5: Tentative revised CFL schedule begins

September 4 (?): All teams must be down to opening day 53-man rosters

September 9-13: First weekend of regular season

TBD: Trade deadline

December 12: CFL’s Grey Cup game in Hamilton

TBD: Deadline for underclassmen to apply for early entry to the 2021 draft

TBD: Deadline for underclassmen who applied for early entry to 2021 draft and have not signed with an agent or otherwise received improper benefits to withdraw their applications

January 10: CFP National Championship game in Indianapolis

January 25-29: Senior Bowl in Mobile

February 6: Pro Bowl in Las Vegas

February 13: Super Bowl in Los Angeles

TBD: Teams may begin to designate franchise and transition players

March 1: Deadline for college seniors wishing to withdraw from the draft and return to school in 2021 to inform the league

TBD: Scouting combine in Indianapolis

TBD: Deadline for teams to designate franchise and transition players

TBD: Window of opportunity for teams to begin negotiations with free agents

April 28-30: 2022 draft in Las Vegas