2017 NFL Offseason Schedule

Feeling the non-football season blues? You’re not alone, NFL fans. Following the free agency period and the 2017 NFL Draft, we’ve officially entered the quietest parts of the NFL’s offseason. As team’s set their sights on Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis, here’s a quick look at the offseason schedule on the road to kickoff.

May

May 18-21: NFLPA Rookie Premiere and Rookie Minicamps

May 22-23: Spring League Meetings in Chicago, IL

Owners and league executives are expected to vote on various changes to the league’s rules, including rules that are said to affect rosters and shortening the overtime period in regular season games.

Late May – June: Full-Team OTAs

July

July 15: Franchise-tagged Players Extension Deadline

Players who have been designated with their teams’ franchise tags are no longer able to sign multi-year extensions following the July 15 deadline. After the deadline, players are only able to sign one-year Franchise tenders with their respective teams.

Mid-Late July: Training Camp Early Open

Teams league-wide are being permitted to open training camps early for rookies and first-year players for the 2017 offseason, available a full seven days before the team’s earliest mandatory training camp reporting date for veterans.

Late July-August: NFL Training Camps

The season begins with teams taking their first steps towards Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis, opening training camps at various dates.

August

August 3: NFL Hall of Fame Game

This year being played on Thursday night, the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals will square off in the first official football game of the NFL’s preseason, played at the NFL Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

August 5: Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony 

The 2017 NFL Hall of Fame inductees will be enshrined forever in Canton, Ohio.

September

September 7: Kickoff

The Super Bowl LI champion New England Patriots will kick off the brand new 2017 NFL season against the Kansas City Chiefs at home on Thursday, September 7 at 8:30 p.m. ET. The team will unveil their Super Bowl banner and forge a new path, seeking their sixth Super Bowl title.

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NFL Free Agency: Most Improved

As we enter the month of April, a new aspect of the NFL offseason comes into play with the upcoming schedule release and the 2017 NFL Draft. So what teams walk away the biggest winners from the NFL free agency frenzy?

New England Patriots

Yes, apparently it’s possible to not only win the Super Bowl, but to also be the most improved team of the offseason thus far. The reigning Super Bowl LI champions have substantially reloaded their roster, on both sides of the football. In trading for former New Orleans Saints wide receiver Brandin Cooks and former Indianapolis Colts tight end Dwayne Allen, as well as signing running back Rex Burkhead, the Patriots have added depth to their armory of weapons for quarterback Tom Brady.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Patriots managed to keep defensive leader Dont’a Hightower, while also adding the best cornerback on the market, Stephon Gilmore, and former Carolina Panthers defensive end Kony Ealy. With this roster, and their reigning crown, the Patriots look like the early Super Bowl LII favorites on paper.

Jacksonville Jaguars

We know, it’s the Jaguars. But listen. For the second straight year, the Jags have seemed to continue to bolster their talent and depth on the defensive side of the ball. “They signed one of the best — if not the best — defensive linemen in free agency (Calais Campbell) and the best cornerback (A.J. Bouye). They will be huge impact players, and bringing in this kind of talent is a good place to start this offseason.” – Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com.

New York Giants

The New York Giants spent their offseason apparently reloading for a Super Bowl run of their own. Not only were the Giants able to retain premiere defensive playmaker Jason Pierre-Paul, but they were also able to bolster their offensive talent. With the signing of wide receiver Brandon Marshall, quarterback Eli Manning now has two premiere targets on each side, opposite Odell Beckham Jr. And signing a guy like offensive lineman D.J. Fluker doesn’t hurt, either.

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2017 Offseason: Top Targets for Indianapolis Colts

As the 2017 offseason begins to hit its peak, teams begin focusing on that coveted Super Bowl LII trophy. Now, the Indianapolis Colts, coming off of a disappointing 8-8 campaign in 2016, have a new man in charge, and are looking to put themselves back in the driver’s seat of the AFC South.

Already signed: P Jeff Locke, LB Barkevious Mingo, LB John Simon

Aside from finding the now-retired Pat McAfee’s replacement in former Vikings punter Jeff Locke, new Colts general manager Chris Ballard’s focus was evident; improving the pass rush. In just under 24 hours, Ballard has managed to sign former Patriots and Texans linebackers Barkevious Mingo and John Simon to efficient deals. Mingo, a one-year deal, and Simon, a three-year deal, look to shore up on of the Colts’ biggest problems in 2016, struggling to rush the passer and defend the run.

Looking Forward

While obviously looking for youth, speed and defensive talent, the Colts need plenty of help on the offensive side of the ball as well. Here are some of the post-day one free agents still remaining that should be on Ballard’s radar.

Jabaal Sheard, DE

It was reported on Friday morning that Sheard would be meeting with the Colts after several meetings with other teams. A former Cleveland Brown and New England Patriot, Sheard is a fast, versatile edge player that can either line up on the defensive line or at linebacker. Another young, fast edge rusher would undoubtedly solidify Ballard’s efforts of upgrading the Colts’ defensive front seven.

Terrelle Pryor, WR (Signed with Washington Redskins)

If Thursday’s rumors are believed to be true, the Indianapolis Colts were making a push for former Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, considered to be the prized possession of the 2017 free agency class. This would indicate doubts about former first-round pick Phillip Dorsett’s future with the team, thus leaving fans to believe the Colts are in the market for a third wide receiver to round out the corps. Pryor’s 2016 campaign, combined with his physical traits and raw potential, leave the former Cleveland Browns WR as an appealing choice for the Colts.

Mike Remmers, RT

Although forced to play left tackle in Carolina last season, Remmers has shown in previous seasons he can be a reliable right tackle for a solid NFL quarterback. With the protection of quarterback Andrew Luck on the forefront of many Colts fans’ minds, and with the recent retirement of tackle Joe Reitz, Ballard would be well suited to make a run at Remmers to help shore up the offensive line.

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