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NFL offseason calendar: Key dates for the 2016 offseason

What is coming up in the next few months?

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The 2015 NFL season is officially over. There is no more football to be played until the preseason. The Denver Broncos are champions and the Arizona Cardinals look ahead at how they can take the next step and be a Super Bowl team and Super Bowl champions.

But nothing is going to happen for a little while and it is worth noting what is coming up in the offseason.

So let's have a look at the NFL offseason calendar leading up to the 2016 NFL Draft, which is 79 days from this article being published.

Important offseason dates for 2016:

February 22: Franchise tag period starts

February 23-29: NFL Scouting Combine, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana

March 7: Franchise tag deadline, 4:00 p.m. ET.

March 12-15: Free agency negotiating period, starts noon ET. No contracts can be executed yet.

March 15: League Year and Free Agency Period begin at 4:00 p.m. ET, allowing teams to sign unrestricted free agents. Trading period begins.

March 20-23: Annual league meeting, Boca Raton, Florida.

April 4: Offseason workout period starts for teams with new head coaches.

April 18: All other clubs start offseason workout programs.

April 22: Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets.

April 27: Deadline for clubs to exercise right of first refusal to restricted free agents.

April 28-30: 2016 NFL Draft.