Important Dates in the 2022 NFL League Calendar

As the 2021 season comes to a conclusion, it’s time to look at important dates heading into the 2022 NFL season.

Important Dates in the 2022 NFL league calendar
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As the 2021 season comes to a conclusion, it’s time to look at important dates on the league calendar heading into the 2022 NFL season.

Dates to remember on the 2022 NFL league calendar


19th: HBCU Legacy Bowl


1-7: NFL Combine

8: Deadline for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition tag players


  • From noon EST on March 14 and ending at 3:59:59 p.m., EST on March 16, clubs can contact, and enter into contract negotiations with, agents of players who will become unrestricted free agents at 4:00 p.m. EST on March 16.
  • A prospective UFA who is not represented by an NFLPA Certified Contract Advisor is permitted to communicate directly with a new club’s front office officials, excluding the head coach and other members of the club’s coaching staff, regarding contract negotiations.
  • No prospective unrestricted free agent can sign a contract with a team until 4:00 p.m. EST, on March 16.

16: New league year and free agency begin

27-30: Annual league meeting


4: NFL teams who hired a new coach after the end of the 2021 regular season may begin offseason workout programs

18: Offseason workouts begin

20: Deadline to bring in draft-eligible prospects for physical examinations

22: Deadline for restricted free agents (RFA) to sign offer sheets

27: Deadline for prior NFL teams to exercise Right of First Refusal to restricted free agents. Deadline to time, test, and interview draft-eligible players.

28-30: NFL Draft



  • Deadline for prior club to send “May 2 Tender” to its unsigned Unrestricted Free Agents.
  • If the player has not signed with a team by July 22, or the first scheduled day of the first NFL training camp, they may negotiate or sign a contract from that date until the Tuesday following the 10th weekend of the regular season, at 4:00 p.m., New York time, only with his prior club.
  • Deadline for clubs to exercise fifth-year option for players selected in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft.

6-9 OR 13-16: Rookie mini-camp

16: Rookie Football Developmental Program

19-22 (tentative): NFLPA Rookie Premier

23-25: Spring league meeting



  • Deadline for prior club to send “June 1 Tender” to its unsigned Restricted Free Agents who received a qualifying offer for a right of first refusal, only in order for such player to be subject to the CBA’s “June 15 Tender” provision.


  • Deadline for teams to withdraw qualifying offer to Restricted Free Agents and still retain exclusive negotiating rights by substituting “June 15 Tender” of one-year contract at 110 percent of the player’s prior-year Paragraph 5 Salary (with all other terms of his prior-year contract carried forward unchanged).

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