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2015 NFL Offseason Schedule: Packers' Important Dates and Deadlines

We identify many of the critical dates for the Green Bay Packers' offseason preparations.

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL's 2015 offseason is officially in full swing. With the Super Bowl over a week in the rear-view mirror and the NFL Scouting Combine fast approaching, front offices and coaching staffs around the league are preparing for the three-month process of rebuilding their teams for next season through the draft and free agency.

So when do all these things actually take place? We have you covered. Here is a list of the critical dates and deadlines that will be at the forefront of Ted Thompson's and Mike McCarthy's minds between now and the start of training camp.

Date Event
Feb. 10 NFL teams can begin signing CFL players whose 2014 contracts are expired.
Feb. 14 NFL Regional Combine, Houston, TX
Feb. 16 Teams may begin applying Franchise or Transition tags
Feb. 17-23 NFL Scouting Combine, Indianapolis, IN
Feb. 19 Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy press conferences at Scouting Combine
Feb. 21 NFL Regional Combine, Dove Valley, CO
Feb. 28 NFL Regional Combine, Owings Mills, MD
Mar. 2 (4:00 PM ET) Deadline to apply Franchise or Transition tags
Mar. 7 NFL Regional Combine, Lake Forest, IL
Mar. 7 "Legal Tampering Period" begins: teams may begin negotiations with agents of players who will be unrestricted free agents
Mar. 10 (4:00 PM ET) - Free agency begins - players and teams may begin signing contracts
- Deadline for exercising options for 2015 season for any players with options in contracts
- Deadline for submitting qualifying tenders to Restricted Free Agents and Exclusive Rights free agents
- Top-51 rule begins for Salary Cap; all teams must be under 2015 cap
Mar. 10 Aaron Rodgers' $9.5 million roster bonus becomes guaranteed
Mar. 14 Sam Shields' $2.5 million roster bonus becomes guaranteed
Mar. 21 Super Regional Combine, Phoenix, Arizona
Mar. 22-25 NFL Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ
April 6 Teams with new head coaches may begin offseason workouts
April 20 Teams with returning head coaches (like the Green Bay Packers) may begin offseason workouts
Apr. 24 Deadline for tendered Restricted Free Agents to sign offer sheets from other teams
Apr. 29 Deadline for teams to match Restricted Free Agents' offer sheets
Apr. 30-May 2 2015 NFL Draft, Chicago, IL
May 8-11 First window for Rookie Minicamps
May 15-18 Second window for Rookie Minicamps
May 18-20 NFL Spring Meeting, San Francisco, CA
June 21-27 Rookie Symposium, Aurora, OH
Late July NFL Training Camps begin