|1997 Timeline of Events|
Feb 2 Probowl: Honolulu, Hawaii.
Feb 3 Waiver System Begins
Feb 6 Scouting Combine: Indianapolis, IN (ends Feb 10).
Feb 13 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 14 Beginnings of veteran free agency and trading.
Mar 9 NFL Annual Meeting: Palm Desert, California (ends Mar 13).
Apr 14 Deadline for signing Offer Sheets by Restricted Free Agents.
Apr 19 Draft (ends Apr 20).
May 20 NFL Spring Meeting: San Diego, California (ends May 21).
Jun 1 Deadline for old clubs to send tender to unsigned Unrestricted Free
Agents to receive exclusive rights if player not signed elsewhere
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 26 Hall of Fame Game
- Hall of Fame inductions for Class of '97.
Aug31-Sep1 Week 1
Sep 14-15 Week 3 Byes: CIN, JAC, PIT, TEN
Sep 21-22 Week 4 Byes: ARZ, DAL, PHI, WAS
Sep 28-29 Week 5 Byes: BUF, IND, MIA, NE
Oct 5- 6 Week 6 Byes: ATL, CAR, STL, SF
Oct 7 Trading Deadline
Oct 12-13 Week 7 Byes: BAL, DEN, KC, OAK, SD, SEA
Oct 14 NFL Fall Meeting: Washington, D.C. (ends Oct 15).
Oct 16-20 Week 8 Byes: CHI, GB, MIN, TB
Oct 26-27 Week 9 Byes: DET, NYJ
Nov 2- 3 Week 10 Byes: NO, NYG
Dec 20-22 Week 17
Dec 27-28 Wild Card Playoffs
Jan 3- 4 Divisional Playoffs
Jan 11 Conference Championships
Jan 25 Superbowl XXXII: San Diego, California
Feb 1 Probowl: Honolulu, Hawaii