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Sunday, February 9, 2014
Time to mark your offseason calendar

By Rich Cimini

A look at what's coming over the next three months:

February 17 -- Teams can begin applying the franchise tag to players.

February 19-25 -- Scouting combine in Indianapolis.

March 3 -- The final day to use the franchise tag.

March 8-11 -- Teams can begin negotiations with players who will be unrestricted free agents. Qualifying offers to restricted free agents are made in this window.

March 11 -- Free agency begins at 4 p.m. Teams may begin signing players and trading players. Teams also must be under the salary cap.

March 23-26 -- Annual league meetings in Orlando, Fla.

April 7 -- Teams with a new head coach may begin offseason workout programs.

April 21 -- Teams with returning coaches may begin offseason workout programs.

May 8-10 -- NFL draft.