The first two weeks of the 2020 offseason were quite chaotic at Redskins Park.
In the front office, the Redskins fired team president Bruce Allen and mutually parted ways with Eric Schaffer. Kyle Smith was promoted to Senior VP of Player Personnel, Doug Williams was reassigned to a player development role, and salary cap guru Rob Rogers was brought in from Carolina.
On the football side, the Redskins hired Ron Rivera as head coach just days after the season ended. Rivera has built a staff with many of his old colleagues in Carolina, including offensive coordinator Scott Turner, head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion, and more. One of Rivera's first hires in Washington was defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio.
Things have since quieted down in Redskins Park. But there are several important dates coming up that will impact the future of the team.
Dates to know:
January 17 -- Last day for college underclassmen to declare: Prospects Isaiah Simmons, and many others have yet to declare for the NFL Draft. This can impact who the Redskins take at No. 2.
January 25 -- Senior Bowl: Several top prospects compete for a week-long in Mobile, Ala. Some first-round prospects that have confirmed their attendance are LSU’s Kristian Fulton, South Carolina’s Javon Kinlaw, Alabama’s Raekwon Davis and Terrell Lewis, and Utah State’s Jordan Love.
February 23-March 4 -- NFL Combine: Several NFL prospects will have the chance to improve their draft stock in front of all 32 teams. The health of Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa will likely be a big story this year.
March 10 -- Last day to franchise tag: Redskins offensive lineman Brandon Scherff is a franchise tag candidate. Something to monitor this offseason.
March 16 -- Open contact in the free agency period: For 48 hours, teams are allowed to contact free agents, but not allowed to formally sign until the new league year.
March 18, 12:00 p.m. EST -- New League Year: New league year begins. Free agency officially begins. Trades can be accepted.
April 23-25 -- NFL Draft: The Redskins have the coveted No. 2 overall pick. Will they take Chase Young, another top talent, or trade back?
May 1-4 -- Rookie Minicamp: The three day period teams are allowed to have organized activities with their newest draftees and undrafted free agents.
Late May (Dates TBD): Redskins will hold Organized Team Activities (OTAs), the first time the 90-man roster will practice together. OTAs are technically optional.
July 15 -- Franchise Tag Deadline: At 4 p.m. EST, teams must either come to a long-term contract agreement with their franchise-tagged player, or the player can only sign a one-year contract with the team.
Mid-July (Dates TBD) -- Training Camp begins: 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.
These dates may seem far off now, but they will be here before you know it.
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