The NFL's 2013 schedule has been released, and with it, the first Regional Combines will take place.
Starting Saturday and running into March (after the NFL Scouting Combine Feb. 20-26 in Indianapolis), regional sites will host local players looking to get noticed.
The start of the 2013 league year is March 12, which is the big offseason day. Clubs must submit qualifying offers to restricted and exclusive rights free agents, and all contracts expire or start in the next year of the deal. It's also when teams can sign unrestricted free agents. The salaries of the top 51 players on every team must be under the salary cap as well.
So in six weeks, the Steelers will have given tender offers to their six exclusive rights and restricted free agents, as well as restructured contracts and even possibly applied the franchise tag (not likely).
The Steelers will play the Minnesota Vikings in London in Week 4 of the upcoming year, meaning their bye will be in Week 5. They will play in the game as the away team, meaning they will still play eight games at Heinz Field.
Steelers 2013 Schedule
Home: Baltimore, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Miami and Tennessee
Away: Baltimore, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Green Bay, Minnesota (London), New England, New York Jets and Oakland.
NFL 2013 Schedule
Regional Combine, Orange Coast College-Lebard Stadium, Los Angeles, California
Regional Combine, Methodist Training Center (Texans), Houston, Texas
Regional Combine, Cleveland Browns Training Facility, Cleveland, Ohio
Combine Timing and Testing, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Regional Combine, Atlantic Health Jets Training Facility, New York/New Jersey
Regional Combine, One Buccaneer Place, Tampa, Florida
Regional Combine, Halas Hall (Bears), Chicago, Illinois
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.
Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must exercise options for 2013 on all players who have option clauses in their 2012 contracts.
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.
Prior to 4:00 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.
All 2012 player contracts will expire at 4:00 p.m., New York time.
Top-51 Begins. All clubs must be under the Salary Cap prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time.
The 2013 League Year and Free Agency period begin at 4:00 p.m., New York time.
Trading period begins at 4:00 p.m., New York time, for 2013 after expiration of all 2012 contracts.
Regional Combine, Atlanta Falcons Training Facility, Atlanta, Georgia
Annual League Meeting, The Biltmore, Phoenix, Arizona.
Regional Combine, Virginia Mason Athletic Center (Seahawks), Seattle, Washington
Regional Combine, Baltimore Ravens Training Facility, Baltimore, Maryland
Super Regional Combine, Cowboys Stadium, Dallas, Texas
NFL Draft, New York City, New York.
NFL Spring League Meeting, Hyatt-Harborside, Boston, Massachusetts.
September 5, 8-9
NFL Kickoff 2013
NFL International Series, London, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Minnesota Vikings
NFL International Series, London, San Francisco 49ers vs. Jacksonville Jaguars