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Arizona Cardinals offseason: Important calendar events and dates to know

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The 2020 NFL offseason is officially upon us and there is plenty that we need to know about it.

Here is everything you need to know about the Arizona Cardinals heading forward.

February 24 — March 2

NFL Scouting Combine, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana. The top college players at every position run around in underwear to improve their draft stock!

February 25

First day for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players. This is a big period for the Arizona Cardinals and what they are doing with D.J. Humphries.

March 10

Before 1 p.m. Arizona time, teams must designate Franchise or Transition Players.

March 16 — 18

Beginning at 1:00 p.m. Arizona time, the legal tampering period begins. Clubs may contact and negotiate with pending unrestricted free agents.

March 18

Before 1 p.m. Arizona time:

  • Teams must exercise 2020 options on all players who have option clauses in their 2019 contracts. Clubs must submit qualifying offers to their restricted free agents with expiring contracts.
  • The top 51 players for each team must be under the 2020 salary cap.

Beginning at 1 p.m. Arizona time

  • 2019 player contracts expire.
  • 2020 league year and free agency period begin.
  • The 2020 trading period begins.
  • March 29 — April 1

Annual league meeting/owners meetings in Palm Beach, Florida. This is where great rules like a replay for pass interference are voted on.

April 6

Teams that hired a new head coach after the end of the 2019 regular season may begin offseason workout programs.

April 17

Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets.

April 20

All other teams may begin offseason workout programs.

April 23 — 25

NFL Draft in Las Vegas, Nevada. Arizona Cardinals are slated to pick 8th overall at this point.

April 27

NFL teams may request permission to visit with, try out, or sign any player who was under contract to the XFL after the XFL season.

The next time the Cardinals will be in helmets

Rookie minicamp will be in May.