NFL key dates in 2013

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NFL Scouting Combine one of many events on the horizon (then-rookie QB Sam Bradford addressing media in 2010. Photo courtesy, yours truly).

NFL Scouting Combine one of many events on the horizon (then-rookie QB Sam Bradford addressing media in 2010. Photo courtesy, yours truly).

A calendar listing of important league events, as released by the NFL in late December 2012. Dates are subject to change.

Jan. 19 East-West Shrine Game, Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Jan. 20 AFC and NFC Championship Games
Jan. 24-25 Regional Combine, University of Hawaii, Honolulu
Jan. 26 Senior Bowl, Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Ala.
Jan. 27 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu
Jan. 27 An assistant coach, whose team is participating in the Super Bowl, who has previously interviewed for another club’s head coaching job may have a second interview with such club no later than the Sunday preceding the Super Bowl.
Feb. 2 Texas vs. Nation College All-Star Game, Eagle Stadium, Allen, Texas
Feb. 3 Super Bowl XLVII, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans
Feb. 9-10 Regional Combine, Orange Coast College-Lebard Stadium, Los Angeles
Feb. 16 Regional Combine, Methodist Training Center (Texans), Houston
Feb. 17 Regional Combine, Cleveland Browns Training Facility, Cleveland
Feb. 20-26 Combine Timing and Testing, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis
March 2-3 Regional Combine, Atlantic Health Jets Training Facility, N.Y./N.J.
March 9 Regional Combine, One Buccaneer Place, Tampa, Fla.
March 10 Regional Combine, Halas Hall (Bears), Chicago
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 p.m. ET, clubs must exercise options for 2013 on all players who have option clauses in their 2012 contracts.
March 12 Prior to 4 p.m. ET, 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 p.m. ET, 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 p.m. ET.
March 12 Top-51 Begins. All clubs must be under the Salary Cap prior to 4 p.m. ET.
March 12 The 2013 League Year and Free Agency period begin at 4 p.m. ET.
March 12 Trading period begins at 4 p.m. ET for 2013 after expiration of all 2012 contracts.
March 16-17 Regional Combine, Atlanta Falcons Training Facility, Atlanta
March 17-20 Annual League Meeting, The Biltmore, Phoenix
March 23-24 Regional Combine, Virginia Mason Athletic Center (Seahawks), Seattle
March 23-24 Regional Combine, Baltimore Ravens Training Facility, Baltimore
April 7-8 Super Regional Combine, Cowboys Stadium, Dallas
April 25-27 NFL Draft, New York City
May 20-22 NFL Spring League Meeting, Hyatt-Harborside, Boston
Sept. 5, 8-9 NFL Kickoff 2013

Notes:

Regional Combines defined, including who is eligible to attend, via NFL.com.

Chiefs scheduled opponents in 2013.

• NFL’s 2013 regular season schedule, complete with dates and times, scheduled for spring release.

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