Key dates in the Ravens' offseason

Friday-Sunday: Organizational meetings, Jupiter, Fla. - Owner Steve Bisciotti, team president Dick Cass, general manager Ozzie Newsome, assistant general manager Eric DeCosta, senior vice president of football administration Pat Moriarty and coach John Harbaugh will meet at Bisciotti's home and continue formulating plans for one of the most important offseasons in franchise history.  

Jan. 26-30: Senior Bowl week, Mobile, Ala – Ravens executives, coaches and scouts will be on hand to evaluate select seniors in the 2016 draft class. The Ravens have drafted Brandon Williams, Carl Davis and Za'Darius Smith in recent years after watching them perform well during Senior Bowl week.


Jan 31: Pro Bowl: Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii – Right guard Marshal Yanda and punter Sam Koch will represent the Ravens in the Pro Bowl. It's the organization's fewest Pro Bowl selections since 2005.

Feb. 23-29: NFL scouting combine, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis – Ravens officials will get a first-hand look at most of the top players in the 2016 draft. Prospects are put through on-field workouts and interviews with both teams and reporters. With so many executives and agents on hand, the week also serves as a good opportunity to engage in contract negotiations.


Feb. 27: NFL regional combine, Under Armour Performance Center – The Ravens serve as hosts for a pre-draft workout of NFL hopefuls. Several local prospects are usually in attendance.

March 1: Franchise tag deadline – The Ravens can prevent a pending unrestricted free agent from hitting the open market by using the franchise tag on that player. Kicker Justin Tucker is the most likely candidate for the tag. The Ravens have used the tag in the past on players like Ray Rice and Haloti Ngata and it was the precursor to long-term deals. The window to use the tag starts on Feb. 16 and ends at 4 p.m. on this day.

March 7-9: Three-day negotiating window – Teams are allowed to contact the representatives for prospective unrestricted free agents and begin contract negotiations. However, the two sides can't finalize contracts until the new league year begins.

March 9: Start of free agency, new league year – At 4 p.m., the NFL free-agent spending spree begins. The Ravens' group of unrestricted free agents could include Tucker, offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele, outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw, reserve linebacker/special teams standout Albert McClellan, quarterbacks Matt Schaub and Jimmy Clausen, cornerback Shareece Wright, wide receiver Chris Givens and long snapper Morgan Cox.

March 20-23: NFL owners meetings, Boca Raton, Fla. – This is traditionally where rule changes are announced and compensatory draft picks are rewarded. Harbaugh and Bisciotti also usually speak to reporters either in a group or individual setting about the team's offseason gains and losses.

April 18: Beginning of offseason workout program – The Ravens and other teams with returning head coaches can begin offseason team workouts. There will be plenty of attention paid to the many Ravens coming off injuries.

April 22: Restricted free-agent deadline – This is the final day for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets. The Ravens' top restricted free agent is wide receiver Kamar Aiken, whose breakout 2015 season could force the team to use a second-round tender on him.

Mid-to-late April: Schedule release – The Ravens and every other team already knows who they'll play during the 2016 regular season. However, the NFL has made the release of the league's entire schedule with the dates and times into a prime-time television special.


April 28-30: NFL draft, Chicago – The Ravens will pick sixth overall in the three-day draft. They haven't made a selection that high since taking running back Jamal Lewis fifth overall in 2000. Overall, the Ravens currently have six draft picks, but they will get three or four compensatory selections due to their free agent losses last offseason.

May 6-9 or May 13-16: Rookie minicamp – Members of the 2016 draft class, along with the team's undrafted free agents, will be on the field for the first time as Ravens.

July 15: Deadline to sign franchise players to long-term deals – If the Ravens decide to use the franchise tag on Tucker, this would be the last day that they could sign him to a long-term contract extension. If they don't agree to a deal, Tucker would play the season under the franchise tag.