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2017 Steelers offseason schedule of events

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As the Pittsburgh Steelers now enter the offseason, it is important to mark your calendars for all the key dates coming up for the black and gold.

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Despite fans not wanting to ready to accept the fact the Pittsburgh Steelers 2016-2017 season is over, the offseason is upon every NFL team except for two lucky franchises who are still preparing to play in Super Bowl 51.

While the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons prepare to go head-to-head, it is important to know some key offseason dates leading up to the 2017 NFL Draft. So, bookmark this page for easy reference.

Combines

February 11 NFL Regional Combine, Virginia Mason Athletic Center, Seattle, Washington.

February 18 NFL Regional Combine, Methodist Training Center, Houston, Texas.

February 25-26 NFL Regional Combine, Inova Sports Performance Center, Washington, D.C.

February 28-March 6 NFL Scouting Combine, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana.

March 4 NFL Regional Combines, Minnesota Vikings Practice Facility, Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

March 11 — NFL Regional Combines, New Orleans Saints Training Facility, Metairie, Louisiana.

Signing Dates

February 14 From 12 p.m E.T, Steelers may sign players whose 2016 CFL contracts have expired.

February 15 First day Steelers can designate franchise or transition tags on eligible players.

March 1 Deadline for Steelers to designate franchise or transition tags on eligible players before 4 p.m E.T.

March 7-9 Steelers may enter into contract negotiations with agents of players who will become unrestricted free agents on March 9 at 4 p.m E.T. A time also known as the legal tampering period. A contract cannot be announced until the start of the new NFL year.

March 9 Steelers must submit qualifying offers to all their restricted free agents and exclusive-rights free agents they wish to keep before 4 p.m E.T when all 2016 contracts expire and the NFL free agency period begins.

March 9 Steelers must be under the salary cap as it relates to their top 51 players under contract before 4 p.m E.T and the official start of the 2017 league year.

April 21 Deadline for Steelers RFA’s to sign tenders.

April 27-29 2017 NFL Draft, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania