NFL offseason schedule 2020: When is NFL Draft, free agency, other key dates?

first_imgIf you can believe it, the 2019 NFL season has come and gone. The fun never stops, though, as key offseason moments are just around the corner.As is always the case, fan bases from 31 teams will direct their attention to the upcoming draft, impending free agency and several other notable events while the Super Bowl champs bask in their glory. — Aug. 6: Hall of Fame Game — Canton, Ohio— Sept. 5: Deadline for rosters to be trimmed to 53 players— Sept. 10: Opening night for 2020 regular season Luckily for you, we have mapped out the offseason’s key dates and events all in one place so you don’t have to go digging.NFL MOCK DRAFT 2020:Patriots, Raiders, Cowboys, Giants go defense; Bucs, Chargers get in on QBWhen is the NFL Draft in 2020?Date: Thursday, April 23 (Round 1) | Friday, April 24 (Rounds 2-3) | Saturday, April 25 (Rounds 4-7)Start time: 8 p.m. ET (Thursday) | 7 p.m. ET (Friday) | Noon ET (Saturday)TV channel: ABC | ESPN | NFL NetworkLive stream: ESPN app | NFL appThe 2020 NFL Draft will begin Thursday, April 23 and conclude on Saturday, April 25. For the first time ever, the draft will take place in Las Vegas, coinciding with the Raiders’ move from Oakland to Vegas for the 2020 season.The draft will be held near The Caesars Forum convention center with a floating platform acting as the draft’s main stage. Players will reportedly be transported to the main stage by boat. Cincinnati will open the draft with the No. 1 pick.Below is a breakdown of the schedule for 2020 NFL Draft coverage on ABC, ESPN and NFL Network.RoundDayStart timeTV channelsRound 1Thursday8 p.m. ETABC, ESPN, NFL NetworkRounds 2-3Friday7 p.m. ETABC, ESPN, NFL NetworkRounds 4-7Saturday12 p.m. ETABC, ESPN, NFL NetworkWhen does NFL free agency start in 2020?The 2020 NFL free agency period will begin Wednesday, March 18 at 4 p.m. ET. This date also marks the deadline for signing unrestricted free agents, exercising options and contract expirations.March 18 is also the first day of the 2020 NFL calendar and the opening of the league’s trading period.Below are the top 10 players who are set to become free agents, part of SN’s top 50 list.Dak Prescott, QB, CowboysChris Jones, DT, ChiefsAmari Cooper, WR, CowboysDrew Brees, QB, SaintsTom Brady, QB, PatriotsJadevon Clowney, EDGE, SeahawksByron Jones, CB, CowboysJustin Simmons, S, BroncosHunter Henry, TE, ChargersDerrick Henry, RB, TitansMORE NFL FREE AGENCY:Ranking the top 50 players set to be free agentsNFL offseason schedule 2020— Feb. 24 — March 2: NFL Draft scouting combine — Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Ind.— Feb. 25 — March 10: Designation of franchise tags— March 16: Unrestricted free agency begins— March 18: Deadline to submit qualifying offers for restricted free agents— March 18: Free agency and trading period begin— April 17: Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets— April 23-25: NFL Draft — Las Vegas, Nev.— April 27: NFL teams may begin contacting, trying out and signing XFL players— July 15: Deadline for players under franchise tags to sign multiyear dealslast_img read more