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National Football League important dates for 2013

Important NFL dates leading up to the 2013 NFL Draft.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell
Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL has released a list of important dates for the 2013 calendar year. Here are the important dates leading up to and including the 2013 NFL Draft.

February 9-10 Regional Combine, Orange Coast College-Lebard Stadium, Los Angeles, California
February 16 Regional Combine, Methodist Training Center (Texans), Houston, Texas
February 17 Regional Combine, Cleveland Browns Training Facility, Cleveland, Ohio
February 20-26 Combine Timing and Testing, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana.
March 2-3 Regional Combine, Atlantic Health Jets Training Facility, New York/New Jersey
March 9 Regional Combine, One Buccaneer Place, Tampa, Florida
March 10 Regional Combine, Halas Hall (Bears), Chicago, Illinois
March 9-11 Clubs are permitted to enter into contract negotiations with certified agents of players who will be Unrestricted Free Agents at the end of the current League Year.
March 12 Prior to 4 p.m., New York time, clubs must exercise options for 2013 on all players who have option clauses in their 2012 contracts.
March 12 Prior to 4 p.m., New York time, clubs must submit Qualifying Offers to their Restricted Free Agents with expiring contracts and to whom they desire to retain a Right of First Refusal/Compensation.
March 12 Prior to 4 p.m., New York time, clubs must submit a minimum salary offer to retain exclusive negotiating rights to their players with expiring 2012 contracts and who have fewer than three seasons of free agency credit.
March 12 All 2012 player contracts will expire at 4 p.m., New York time.
March 12 Top-51 Begins. All clubs must be under the Salary Cap prior to 4 p.m., New York time.
March 12 The 2013 League Year and Free Agency period begin at 4 p.m., New York time.
March 12 Trading period begins at 4 p.m., New York time, for 2013 after expiration of all 2012 contracts.
March 16-17 Regional Combine, Atlanta Falcons Training Facility, Atlanta, Georgia
March 17-20 Annual League Meeting, The Biltmore, Phoenix, Arizona.
March 23-24 Regional Combine, Virginia Mason Athletic Center (Seahawks), Seattle, Washington
March 23-24 Regional Combine, Baltimore Ravens Training Facility, Baltimore, Maryland
April 7-8 Super Regional Combine, Cowboys Stadium, Dallas, Texas
April 25-27 NFL Draft, New York City, New York.