Here is what you need to know on this Monday, February 6, 31 days before the March 9 start of NFL free agency.
—NFL Franchise tag deadline (3/1) 23
—NFL Draft (4/27) 80
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 216
With the season over, looking ahead
The Super Bowl is over and now the Redskins and the NFL start to get down to the business end of the game. Here are some key dates coming up.
Today—Teams can release players who are on their rosters starting today. Don’t look for the Redskins to make any moves immediately. But they could soon move on from DB DeAngelo Hall ($4.25 million salary cap savings), OL Kory Lichtensteiger ($3.5 million), or TE Derek Carrier ($1 million). Also, in what is more of a technicality, the injured reserve list is cleared and all players under contract are on the roster, which has an offseason limit of 90 players.
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Feb 15-March 1—This is the window for teams to give the franchise or transition tags to players who are pending free agents. I think you’ve read plenty about the Kirk Cousins saga so I don’t have to tell you that things will get to be quite interesting as that March 1 deadline approaches.
Feb 28—The NFL Combines gets underway in Indianapolis. This is when the first group of players arrives; the media portion begins on March 2. This will be a particularly important draft for Scot McCloughan. He doesn’t pay a whole lot of attention to the “underwear Olympics” part of it, the 40 times and bench presses. Of more interest to him is the chance to get to know some of the players to see if they will be good fits in what he is trying to build.
March 9—The league year starts at 4 p.m. That means the start of free agency. Pierre Garçon, DeSean Jackson, Chris Baker, Cousins if he has not been tagged or signed, and 11 other Redskins will become unrestricted free agents. Trades between teams also can happen starting on this day. Teams also must be under the salary cap by 4 p.m. The Redskins will not have any problem doing that as they currently sit about $62 million under the cap.
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April 17—Offseason workouts begin. This starts with some conditioning drills and builds up to OTAs, which will start in late May, and minicamp, which comes in mid-June.
April 27-29—The NFL draft is conducted in Philadelphia. The Redskins currently have nine picks. They have the 17th overall pick plus one each in the second and third rounds, two each in the fourth, fifth, and sixth rounds and no pick in the seventh. McCloughan has moved around on the draft board the last couple of years and there is no reason to believe that he won’t do the same this year.
Tandler on Twitter
This exchange came after Robert Alford’s pick six against Tom Brady in the second quarter.
Kirk Cousins would have caught him.— michael phillips (@michaelpRTD) February 6, 2017
I recalled the Redskins’ overtime loss to the Falcons in 2015.
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