PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — This Sunday was weird.
For the first time in about six months, there was no football to watch. On the positive side, the official start of the 2016 season is just about three weeks away. It can’t come soon enough.READ MORE: Flyers Fans Return To Packed Wells Fargo Center For First Time In More Than 500 Days
Here are six key dates to keep an eye on.
6. February 16th
This is the first day for teams to designate the franchise or transition tags.
5. March 1st
This is the deadline for teams to designate the franchise or transition tag. They have until 4:00 p.m. ET to do so, or else said player will become a free-agent.
4. March 7-9th
Teams are allowed to contact and negotiate with agents of players who will become Unrestricted Free Agents at 4 p.m. ET on March 9. A free-agent cannot be officially signed to a contract with a new team until 4:00 p.m. ET on March 9th.READ MORE: Vehicle Hits Multiple Pedestrians Outside Of High School Football Game In Wilmington
3. March 9th, 4:00 p.m. E.T.
This is the big day.
All teams must be under the 2016 salary cap, 2015 player contracts expire, and the 2016 league year and free agency period begins.
2. April 22nd
This is the deadline for Restricted Free Agents to sign offer sheets. For the Eagles, offensive lineman Matt Tobin is a restricted free-agent.
1. April 28th
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The 2016 NFL Draft begins.