2021 NFL Offseason: Important dates Washington fans should know


After an exciting draft weekend, the 2021 NFL season is steadily approaching.

While the upcoming months may be without actual games, there are still plenty of critical dates on the calendar as teams prepare for the fall.

The NFL will release the full 17-game schedule for the Washington Football Team on May 12.

Here is what the rest of the offseason will look like as teams prepare to begin rookie minicamps and organized team activities this month.

When are rookie minicamps for new Washington players?

Jamin Davis and the rest of Washington's 2021 draft class will report for a three-day long minicamp on either May 7 or May 14. With the number of players that opted out of the 2020 college season, this year's offseason will be important for some rookies who will be part of a team for the first time since 2019.

When are organized team activities and mandatory veteran minicamps?

Washington will hold Organized Team Activities (OTAs) and mandatory veteran minicamps, the first time the 90-man roster will practice together, sometime between May 24 and June 18. The OTAs are optional and meetings will be conducted in a virtual setting. On-field drills with coaches are allowed, but per CBA rules, there can be no contact and they must be done at a teaching pace.

When is the deadline for franchise tag players to sign a long-term extension?

By July 15 at 4 p.m. ET, Washington must either come to a long-term contract agreement with Brandon Scherff, or he will become a free agent in 2022. Scherff's $18 million salary is guaranteed for the 2021 season.


When does training camp begin?

Veteran players can report no earlier than 15 days prior to the team's first preseason game. Rookies can report up to a week earlier than veterans.

When does the NFL preseason start?

The 2021 NFL Hall of Fame game between the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers will kick off on Thursday, August 5. The Hall of Fame classes of 2020 and 2021 will be honored during enshrinement weekend after last year's event was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

When does the NFL regular season begin?

Tom Brady and the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers will open up the 2021 NFL season on Thursday, September 9.

Next season may seem far away for now, but these dates will start popping up before you know it.