New York Giants Important Dates – 2016
January 23: East-West Shrine Game, Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida.
January 30: Senior Bowl, Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama.
February 16: First day for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.
February 23-29: NFL Scouting Combine, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana.
March 1: Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.
March 6-9: Beginning at 12 noon, New York time, clubs are permitted to contact, and enter into contract negotiations with the certified agents of players who will become Unrestricted Free Agents upon the expiration of their 2015 player contracts at 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 9. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 9.
March 9: Top-51 Begins. All clubs must be under the 2016 salary cap prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time.
March 9: Prior to 4:00 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 9: Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must submit a Minimum Salary Tender to retain exclusive negotiating rights to their players with expiring 2015 contracts and who have fewer than three accrued seasons of free agency credit.
March 9: The 2016 League Year and Free Agency period begin at 4:00 p.m., New York time.
March 9: Trading period for 2016 begins at 4:00 p.m., New York time, after expiration of all 2015 contracts.
April 4: Clubs that hired a new head coach after the end of the 2015 regular season may begin offseason workout programs.
April 22: Deadline for Restricted Free Agents to sign Offer Sheets.
April 27: Deadline for prior club to exercise Right of First Refusal to Restricted Free Agents.
April 28-30: NFL Draft, Chicago, IL.