|1998 Timeline of Events|
Feb 1 Probowl: Honolulu, Hawaii.
Feb 2 Waiver System Begins
Feb 5 Scouting Combine: Indianapolis, IN (ends Feb 9).
Feb 12 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 13 Beginnings of veteran free agency and trading.
Mar 22 NFL Annual Meeting: Orlando, Florida (ends Mar 27).
Apr 13 Deadline for signing Offer Sheets by Restricted Free Agents.
Apr 18 Draft (ends Apr 19).
May 18 NFL Spring Meeting: St. Louis, Missouri (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.
Aug 1 Hall of Fame inductions for Class of '98.
Aug 2 Hall of Fame Game: Pittsbugh Steelers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Sep 6- 7 Week 1
Sep 20-21 Week 3 Byes: ATL,CAR,NO,SF
Sep 27-28 Week 4 Byes: BUF,MIA,NE,NYJ
Oct 4- 5 Week 5 Byes: BAL,CIN,JAC,PIT,STL,TEN
Oct 11-12 Week 6 Byes: DET,GB,MIN,TB
Oct 13 Trading Deadline
Oct 15-19 Week 7 Byes: DEN.KC,OAK,SEA
Oct 25-26 Week 8 Byes: ARZ,DAL,IND,NYG,PHI,WAS
Oct NFL Fall Meeting
Nov 1- 2 Week 9 Byes: CHI,SD
Nov 10 Deadline for clubs to sign Fran/Tran/UFAs for play in 1998
Dec 26-27 Week 17
Jan 2- 3 Wild Card Playoffs
Jan 9-10 Divisional Playoffs
Jan 17 Conference Championships
Jan 31 Superbowl XXXIII: Miami, Florida
Feb 7 Probowl: Honolulu, Hawaii
Feb 9 Expansion Draft