2014-15 National Football League important dates

2014-15 National Football League important dates
July 25, 2014, 4:45 pm
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The 49ers' first preseason game is August 7 at the Ravens. The Raiders' first preseason game is August 8 at the Vikings. (USATSI)

With training camp now underway, the National Football League released its official calendar for the upcoming 2014-15 season. 

2014-15 National Football League Important Dates

(Dates subject to change)

Aug 2: Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony, Canton, Ohio. 

Aug 3: Hall of Fame Game, New York Giants vs. Buffalo Bills, Canton, Ohio. 

Aug 5: Deadline for players under contract to report to their clubs to earn an accrued season for free agency.

Aug 7-9: First preseason weekend. 

Aug 14-18: Second preseason weekend. 

Aug 21-24: Third preseason weekend. 

Aug 26: Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must reduce their rosters to a maximum of 75 players on the active list.

Aug 27: All tryouts on this date and for the remainder of the season must be reported to the league office.

Aug 28: Final preseason games. 

Aug 30: Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must reduce rosters to a maximum of 53 players on the active/inactive List.

Aug 30: 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.

Aug 31: Claiming period for players placed on waivers at the final roster reduction will expire at 12:00 noon, New York time.

Aug 31: Beginning at 12:00 noon, New York time, clubs may establish a practice squad of eight players by signing free agents who do not have an accrued season of free agency credit or who were on the 46-player active list for less than nine regular season games during each of any accrued seasons. A player cannot serve on the practice squad for more than three seasons.

Aug 31: Final day of preseason training camp for all clubs, as defined in CBA Article 23, Section 9.

Sept 2: After 4:00 p.m., New York time, a club is permitted to place a player on Reserve/Injured as “Designated for Return.”

Sept 3: At 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for all NFL player contracts, practice player contracts, tender offers, and miscellaneous amounts to fit within each club’s 2014 salary cap, in anticipation of the midnight expiration of the Top 51 Rule.

Sept 4: At 12:00 a.m., New York time, the Top 51 Rule expires for all NFL clubs.

Sept 4, 7-8: Regular season opens. 

Sept 23: 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.

Sept 28: NFL International Series, Miami Dolphins vs. Oakland Raiders, London, England.

Oct 7-8: Fall League Meeting, New York City, New York. 

Oct 14: Beginning the day after the conclusion of the sixth regular season weekend and continuing through the day after the conclusion of the eleventh regular season weekend, clubs are permitted to begin practicing players on Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform and Reserve/Non-Football Injury or Illness 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.

Oct 26: NFL International Series, Detroit Lions vs. Atlanta Falcons, London, England.

Oct 28: All trading ends at 4:00 p.m., New York time. 

Oct 29: Players with at least four previous pension-credited seasons are subject to the waiver system for the remainder of the regular season and postseason.

Nov 9: NFL International Series, Dallas Cowboys vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, London, England

Nov 11: At 4:00 p.m., New York time, signing period ends for Franchise Players who are eligible to receive offer sheets.

Nov 11: Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for clubs to sign their unsigned Franchise and Transition Players, including Franchise Players who were eligible to receive offer sheets until this date. If still unsigned after this date, such players are prohibited from playing in NFL in 2014.

Nov 11: Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for clubs to sign their Unrestricted Free Agents to whom the “June 1 Tender” was made. If still unsigned after this date, such players are prohibited from playing in NFL in 2014.

Nov 11: Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for clubs to sign their Restricted Free Agents, including those to whom the “June 1 Tender” was made. If such players remain unsigned after this date, they are prohibited from playing in NFL in 2014.

Dec 27: Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must provide the Management Council with written notice, signed by the individual club’s owner, indicating the amount, if any, of the club’s 2014 league year salary cap room to be credited to the club’s 2015 team salary.

Dec 28: 17th week of Regular Season games.

Dec 29: Clubs may begin signing free agent players for the 2015 season.

Dec 29: Earliest permissible date for clubs to renegotiate or extend the rookie contract of a drafted rookie who was selected in any round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Any permissible renegotiated or extended player contract will not be considered a rookie contract, and will not be subject to the rules that limit rookie contracts.

Dec 29: Option exercise period begins for Fifth-Year Option for first-round selections from the 2012 NFL Draft. To exercise the option, the club must give written notice to the player on or after December 29, 2014 but prior to May 3, 2015.

Jan 3-4: Wild Card Playoff Games.

Jan 4: Assistant coaches under contract to playoff clubs that have byes in the Wild Card weekend may be interviewed for head coaching positions through the conclusion of the Wild Card games.

Jan 10-11: Divisional Playoff Games.

Jan 11: Assistant coaches under contract to playoff clubs that won their Wild Card games may be interviewed for head coaching positions through the conclusion of Divisional Playoff games.

Jan 17: East-West Shrine Game, Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida.

Jan 18: AFC and NFC Championship Games. 

Jan 24: Senior Bowl, Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama.

Jan 25: AFC-NFC Pro Bowl, University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona. 

Jan 25: An assistant coach, whose team is participating in the Super Bowl, who has previously interviewed for another club’s head coaching job may have a second interview with such club no later than the Sunday preceding the Super Bowl.

Feb 1: Super Bowl XLIX, University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona.

 

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