It will be more than seven months until the Miami Dolphins play their next game that counts. But that doesn't mean there won't be plenty of activity for the front office in the meantime.
The next big event will be the NFL combine, which starts Feb. 20 in Indianapolis and runs for seven days. That is the official kickoff to draft season as NFL teams have a chance to scrutinize prospects physically and mentally.
On March 12, free agency begins. But for the three days before that, NFL teams will be allowed to negotiate with potential free agents without signing them. This is the first year teams will be able to "legally tamper" with other teams' free agents.
The league will hold its annual meetings March 18-20. It is possible the league will consider some significant rules changes concerning safety.
On April 25, 26 and 27, the league will hold its annual draft.
Between April and July, teams will hold OTAs, minicamps and rookie camps.
Training camps will kick off in late July, and the exhibition schedule will begin in August.
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