2021 Football Calendar

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

  • January 18: Deadline for underclassmen to apply for early entry to the 2021 draft
  • January 21: 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
  • February 7: Super Bowl in Tampa
  • February 23: 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
  • CANCELLED: Scouting combine in Indianapolis
  • March 9: Deadline for teams to designate franchise and transition players
  • March 15-17: Window of opportunity for teams to begin negotiations with free agents
  • 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