It’s a long offseason ahead, so here is as complete a list as we could come up with for events between now and training camp, 2010. As we discover more dates, we’ll add them in, and as some dates get clearer (dates for rookie camp, mini camp, etc) we’ll update those as well.
This Patriots team and franchise could look a lot different come July.
Jan. 30 – Senior Bowl
Feb. 8 – Waiver system begins for 2010 League year
Feb. 11 – First day clubs can designate franchise or transition players
Feb. 24-March 2 – NFL Combine
Feb. 25 – Deadline for clubs to designate franchise or transition players
March 4 – Expiration date of all player contracts due to expire in 2010.
March 4 – Deadline for submission of qualifying offers by clubs to their restricted free agents whose contracts have expired and to whom they desire to retain a right of first refusal/compensation.
March 4 – Deadline for clubs to submit offer of minimum salary to retain exclusive negotiating rights to their players with fewer than three seasons of free agency credit whose contracts have expired.
March 5 – Start of free agency
March 15 – Offseason workouts can begin
March 21-24 – Annual NFL Meeting
April 20 – 2010 NFL Schedule Released
April 21 – Deadline for teams to exercise right of first refusal to restricted free agents
April 22 – Round 1 of the NFL Draft
April 23 – Rounds 2 and 3 of the NFL Draft
April 24 – Final 4 rounds of the NFL Draft
April 30-May 1 – Patriots Rookie Camp
May 24-26 – NFL Spring Meeting
May 24-27 – Organized Team Activities
June 1 – Deadline for old clubs to send tender to unsigned unrestricted free agents to receive exclusive negotiating rights for rest of season if player is not signed by another club by July 22.
June 1 – Deadline for old clubs to send tender to unsigned restricted free agents or to extend qualifying offer to retain exclusive negotiating rights.
June 1-4 – Organized Team Activities
June 7-8 – Organized Team Activities
June 10-11 – Organized Team Activities
June 15 – Deadline for old clubs to withdraw original qualifying offer to unsigned restricted free agents and still retain exclusive negotiating rights by substituting tender of 110 percent of previous year’s salary.
June 15-17 – Full squad mandatory mini-camp
July 25 – Rookies report to Training Camp
July 28 – Full Squad Training Camp begins
August 8th – Hall of Fame Game in Canton, OH. Bengals vs. Cowboys.
August 10th – Patriots host New Orleans Saints in a joint practice at Gillette Stadium (schedule TBD)
August 12th– Patriots First Preseason Game, home vs New Orleans Saints.
August 17th – Patriots at Atlanta Falcons for a joint practice (schedule TBD)
August 19th – Patriots Second Preseason Game, @ Atlanta Falcons, broadcast on FOX.
August 26 – Patriots Third Preseason Game, home vs St. Louis Rams
August 31 – Roster cutdown to maximum of 75 players.
September 2-5 Patriots Final Preseason Game, @ New York Giants.
September 4 – Roster cutdown to maximum of 53 players.