March like a lion in the NFL
The 2013 NFL league year will officially begin on March 12. At that time, teams must be at or below the $123.9 million dollar salary cap. Several teams, including the Packers, have already started unloading high priced veterans to become more cap friendly, and, in most cases, free up room to sign free agents. Did I mention that the free agent frenzy also begins on March 12?
As it pertains to football, March most certainly is an active month for all 32 teams. Below are some key dates in the month of March that you need to be aware of.
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 4:00 p.m. eastern time, clubs must exercise options for 2013 on all players who have option clauses in their 2012 contracts.
March 12 -- Prior to 4:00 p.m. eastern time, 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 4:00 p.m., eastern time, 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 4:00 p.m. eastern time.
March 12 -- All clubs must be under the Salary Cap prior to 4:00 p.m. eastern time.
March 12 -- The 2013 League Year and Free Agency period begin at 4:00 p.m. eastern time.
March 12 -- Trading period begins at 4:00 p.m. eastern time.
March 16-17 -- Regional Combine, Atlanta, Georgia
March 17-20 -- Annual League Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona.
March 23-24 -- Regional Combine, Seattle, Washington
March 23-24 -- Regional Combine, Baltimore, Maryland