Key off-season dates for the NFL

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Key off-season dates for the NFL

CREATED Feb. 6, 2012

Now that the games on the field are done, it's time for the off-the-field games to begin in the NFL. There are several key dates on the calendar to pay attention to before the 2012 season begins in September.

Below is a complete list:

Feb. 20 - Teams can begin applying franchise and transition tags to players

Feb. 22-28 - NFL Combine

March 5 - Deadline for teams to apply franchise and transition tags

March 13 - Free agency begins at 4 p.m.

March 25-28 - NFL owners meetings

March 30-31 - Super Regional Combine

Late April - 2012 NFL schedule is announced

April 26 - First round of 2012 NFL Draft (Packers will pick 28th)

April 27 - Second and third rounds of 2012 NFL Draft

April 28 - Rounds 4-7 of 2012 NFL Draft

Late July - Training camps across the league begin

Early August - 2012 preseason begins

Sept. 6 - 2012 NFL regular season begins. By virtue of winning Super Bowl 46, the NY Giants will host the game against an opponent to be determined.

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