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2015 NFL key dates

12/17/2014 - NFL

Jan. 3-4: Playoffs begin (wild-card round)

Jan. 10-11: Divisional playoffs

Jan. 17: East-West Shrine Game, St. Petersburg, Fla.

Jan. 18: AFC and NFC Championship Games

Jan. 24: Senior Bowl, Mobile, Ala.

Jan. 25: Pro Bowl (University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz., 8 p.m. ET, ESPN)

Feb. 1: Super Bowl XLIX (University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz., NBC)

Feb. 16: First day for clubs to designate franchise or transition players.

Feb. 17-23: NFL Scouting Combine, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis

March 10: 2015 league year and free agency period begin at 4 p.m. ET. All clubs must be under the 2015 salary cap before 4 p.m. ET.

March 22-25: Annual meeting, Phoenix

April 24: Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets

April 29: Deadline for prior club to exercise right of first refusal to restricted free agents.

April 30-May 2: NFL draft, Chicago

May 8-11: First weekend after draft: Clubs may elect to hold their three-day post-draft rookie
mini-camp from Friday through Sunday or Saturday through Monday.

May 15-18: Second weekend after draft: Clubs may elect to hold their three-day post-draft rookie
mini-camp from Friday through Sunday or Saturday through Monday.

May 18-20: NFL spring league meeting, San Francisco

June 21-27: Rookie Symposium, Aurora, Ohio.