2019 Important NFL Dates

With the Seahawks’ 2018 season now finished, it’s time to look ahead to some key dates on the 2019 NFL calendar. You can find the full list of 2019 important dates here, but here are some of the most significant ones coming up in 2019:

January 26—Senior Bowl, Mobile, Alabama. A key part of the pre-draft process features some of college football’s top seniors and talent evaluators from across the league converging in Mobile for a week.

January 27—Pro Bowl, Orlando, Florida. Bobby Wagner, Michael Dickson and Russell Wilson will all represent the Seahawks in the NFL’s annual NFC vs. AFC all-star game. The Seahawks have several more players who are alternates, so that list could grow between now and the game.

February 3—Super Bowl LIII, Atlanta, Georgia.

February 4—Waiver system beings for 2019.

February 19—First day for clubs to designate franchise or transition players.

February 26-March 4—NFL Scouting Combine, Indianapolis, Indiana. Top draft prospects work out for scouts and coaches, and interview with teams’ top decision makers in another important part of the pre-draft process.

March 5, 1 p.m. PT—Deadline for clubs to designate franchise or transition players.

March 11-13—Teams are permitted to contact and enter into contract negotiations with agents of players who will become unrestricted free agents when the new league year begins on March 13.

March 13, 1 p.m. PT—New league year begins. This marks the deadline for submitting qualifying offers to restricted free agents with expiring contracts. It is also the start of free agency when 2018 contracts expire and free agents can officially sign with new teams. Teams must also be under the 2019 salary cap by this time.

March 24-27—Annual League Meetings, Phoenix, Arizona.

April 15—Clubs with returning head coaches may begin offseason workouts programs (teams that changed head coaches in the offseason can start on April 1).

April 19—Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets.

April 25-27—2019 NFL Draft, Nashville, Tennessee. Currently the Seahawks hold four picks in the 2019 draft having earlier traded three picks to acquire players, sending their second-round pick to Houston as part of the trade for Duane Brown, their sixth-rounder to Green Bay for Brett Hundley and their seventh to Oakland for Shalom Luani.

May 3-6 or May 10-13—Teams can hold post-draft rookie minicamps on one of these weekends.

July 15, 1 p.m. PT—Deadline for a team that designated a franchise player to sign that player to a multi-year contract or extension. After this date, the player may sign only a one-year contract prior to the 2019 season, and such contract cannot be extended until after the club’s last regular season game.

Late July—Training camp begins.

August 31, 1 p.m. PT—Teams must reduce rosters to a maximum of 53 players.

September 1—Teams may establish a 10-player practice squad.

September 5, 8-9—Regular season Week 1.

Go behind the scenes with team photographer Rod Mar as he shares moments from the Seattle Seahawks Wild Card game against the Dallas Cowboys.

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