|1996 Timeline of Events|
Feb 4 Probowl: Honolulu, Hawaii.
Feb 5 Waiver System Begins
Feb 8 Scouting Combine: Indianapolis, IN (ends Feb 12).
Feb 15 Deadline for submission of qualifying offers by clubs to their
restricted free agents to retain right of first-refusal.
- Deadline to submit offer of minimum salary to retain exclusive rights
to players without minimum service for free agency.
- Deadline to designate Franchise and Transition players.
Feb 16 Beginnings of veteran free agency and trading.
Mar 10 NFL Annual Meeting: West Palm Beach, FL (ends Mar 15).
Apr 15 Signing period ends for restricted free agents.
Apr 21 Deadline for old club to exercise right of first refusal for
restricted free agents.
Apr 20 Draft (ends Apr 21).
May 21 NFL Spring Meeting: Charlotte, NC (ends May 22).
Jun 1 Deadline for old clubs to send tender to unsigned, unrestricted free
agents to receive exclusive rights if player signed by July 15.
- Deadline for old clubs to send tender or to extend qualifying offer
to unsigned, restriced free agents to receive exclusive rights for
rest of season.
Jun 15 Deadline for old club to withdraw original qualifying offer to
unsigned restricted free agents and still retain exclusive rights.
Jul 15 16:00 ET Signing period ends for unrestricted free agents who
received Jun 1 tender.
Jul 27 Hall of Fame Game: New Orleans vs. Indianapolis (Canton, OH).
- Hall of Fame inductions for Class of '96.
Sep 1- 2 Week 1
Sep 15-16 Week 3 Byes: ATL, CAR, SF, STL
Sep 22-23 Week 4 Byes: BAL, CIN, HOU, PIT
Sep 29-30 Week 5 Byes: BUF, IND, MIA, NE
Oct 6- 7 Week 6 Byes: ARZ, DAL, NYG, PHI, TB, WAS
Oct 13-14 Week 7 Byes: DEN, KC, SD, SEA
Oct 17-21 Week 8 Byes: CHI, DET, GB, MIN
Oct 27-28 Week 9 Byes: NO, OAK
Nov 3- 4 Week 10 Byes: JAC, NYJ
Dec 21-23 Week 17
Dec 28-29 Wild Card Playoffs
Jan 4- 5 Divisional Playoffs
Jan 12 Confernece Championships
Jan 26 Superbowl XXXI: New Orleans, Louisiana
Feb 2 Probowl: Honolulu, Hawaii