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Key 2021 NFL offseason dates to know

2020 NFL Draft - Round 1 Photo by NFL via Getty Images

The 2021 NFL offseason is upon us and there are a number of key dates we need to know in order to get through another Covid offseason.

Let’s take a look.

February 23: Franchise and transition tags can begin to be used

Beginning February 23 up until March 9 NFL teams can use their franchise or transition tag on one of their own unrestricted free agents. The Arizona Cardinals rolled the dice on Kenyan Drake on the transition tag, now the question is do they sign one of their soon to be free agents in Haason Reddick or Patrick Peterson to one of the tags.

March 15: NFL Legal tampering window opens for free agency

Negotiations can start with NFL free agents for two days prior to the start of free agency.

March 17: Beginning of new league year and free agency begins

Agreed upon trades can now go through and free agents can start signing those contracts they negotiated the days before.

April 29-May 1: 2021 NFL draft

The 2021 NFL Draft. Virtual again? We should know soon enough.