Franchise tag window, Combine next up on NFL calendar

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On the first Sunday without NFL football since September 1, it’s a good time to look forward to what’s next on the NFL calendar.

One of the next major notable dates comes Monday, February 17, when teams can begin to apply the franchise tag. Thus begins a two-week window ending Monday, March 3 in which teams can use the designation.

In that two-week window falls the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine, where teams get one of their last major in-person looks at hundreds of top draft prospects. The Combine runs from Wednesday, February 19 through Monday, February 25 in Indianapolis.

After the Combine ends, free agency takes center stage. The three-day negotiating period between teams and representatives of free agents commences on Saturday, March 8. Free agency officially begins at 4 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday, March 11.

In short, we’re two weeks from the Combine being all the rage and four weeks from free agency just nearing its boiling point.

Like your quiet Sundays? Enjoy today and the others to come later in the offseason. But the action will pick up soon enough.