What’s Happening Next in the NFL

Below is the NFL’s schedule of events and deadlines through the end of May 2013:

Free Agency and the Draft

March 9-11 — Clubs are permitted to enter into contract negotiations with certified agents of players who will be Unrestricted Free Agents at the end of the current League Year.

March 12 — Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must exercise options for 2013 on all players who have option clauses in their 2012 contracts.

March 12 — Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must submit Qualifying Offers to their Restricted Free Agents with expiring contracts and to whom they desire to retain a Right of First Refusal/Compensation.

March 12 — Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must submit a minimum salary offer to retain exclusive negotiating rights to their players with expiring 2012 contracts and who have fewer than three seasons of free agency credit.

March 12 — All 2012 player contracts will expire at 4:00 p.m., New York time.

March 12 — Top-51 Begins. All clubs must be under the Salary Cap prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time.

March 12 — The 2013 League Year and Free Agency period begin at 4:00 p.m., New York time.

March 12 — Trading period begins at 4:00 p.m., New York time, for 2013 after expiration of all 2012 contracts.

April 25-27 — NFL Draft, New York City, New York.

League Meetings

March 17-20 — Annual League Meeting, The Biltmore, Phoenix, Arizona.

May 20-22 — NFL Spring League Meeting, Hyatt-Harborside, Boston, Massachusetts.

Combine Schedule

February 9-10 — Regional Combine, Orange Coast College-Lebard Stadium, Los Angeles, California

February 16 — Regional Combine, Methodist Training Center (Texans), Houston, Texas

February 17 — Regional Combine, Cleveland Browns Training Facility, Cleveland, Ohio

February 20-26 — Combine Timing and Testing, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana.

March 2-3 — Regional Combine, Atlantic Health Jets Training Facility, New York/New Jersey

March 9 — Regional Combine, One Buccaneer Place, Tampa, Florida

March 10 — Regional Combine, Halas Hall (Bears), Chicago, Illinois

March 16-17 — Regional Combine, Atlanta Falcons Training Facility, Atlanta, Georgia

March 23-24 — Regional Combine, Virginia Mason Athletic Center (Seahawks), Seattle, Washington

March 23-24 — Regional Combine, Baltimore Ravens Training Facility, Baltimore, Maryland

April 7-8 — Super Regional Combine, Cowboys Stadium, Dallas, Texas