As we move into the offseason, let's take a look at what's coming up.
Feb. 17First day for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition players.
Feb. 19-25NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis
March 8-11Clubs are permitted to contact, and enter into contract negotiations with, the certified agents of players who will become unrestricted free agents upon the expiration of their 2013 Players Contract at 1 p.m. Pacific on March 11. However, a contract cann be executed with a new club until 1 p.m. on March 11.
March 11> Prior to 1 p.m., clubs must exercise options for 2014 on all players who have option clauses in their 2013 contracts
> Prior to 1 p.m., clubs must submit a Minimum Salary Tender to retain exclusive negotiating rights to their players with expiring 2013 contracts and who have fewer than three Accrued Seasons of free agency credit
> All 2013 player contracts will expire at 1 p.m.
> 2014 Free agency period, League Year begins (1 p.m.)
> The first day of the 2014 League Year will end at 8:59:59 p.m., on March 11. Clubs will receive a Personnel Notice that will include all transactions submitted to the league office during the period between 1 p.m., and 8:59:59 p.m., on March 11
> Trading period begins (1 p.m.)
March 23-26NFL annual meeting (Orlando, Fla.)
April 7Clubs that hired a new head coach after the end of the 2013 regular season may begin offseason workouts
April 21Clubs with returning head coaches may begin offseason workout programs
May 2Deadline for Restricted Free Agents to sign Offer Sheets
May 7Deadline for Prior Club to exercise Right of First Refusal to Restricted Free Agents
May 8-102014 NFL Draft
May 19-21NFL spring league meeting (Atlanta)Links:
> Four Seahawks -- Michael Bennett, Jermaine Kearse, Bobby Wagner and Cliff Avril were at ESPN yesterday. In one segment, they were asked to complete the sentence, "The 49ers are ..." :> Richard Sherman with his final installment for Monday Morning Quarterback.
> SI looks at the All-22 Film to breakdown the Seahawks' domination of Denver.
> Michael Silver says the Seahawks will continue to thrive despite the salary cap challenges coming up.
> The NFLPA is likely looking at some leadership changes.
> A Seahawks' season wrap-up from ESPN.
> And, here's a former agent arguing the opposite of Silver, saying the cap could stunt the Seahawks' attempt at ongoing success.