2023 Important NFL Dates

Here is an overview of important NFL dates for the 2023 league year. All times are Eastern and all dates are subject to change. 



May 1

Deadline for Prior Club to send “May 1 Tender” to its unsigned Unrestricted Free Agents.  If the player has not signed a Player Contract with a Club by July 22 or the first scheduled day of the first NFL training camp, whichever is later, he may negotiate or sign a Player Contract from that date until the Tuesday following the 10th weekend of the regular season, at 4:00 p.m., New York time, only with his Prior Club.

May 2

Deadline for Clubs to exercise Fifth-Year Option for players selected in the first round of the 2020 Draft.

May 5-8 or
May 12-15

Clubs may elect to hold their one three-day post-Draft rookie minicamp from Friday through Sunday or Saturday through Monday on one of the two weekends following the Draft.

May 15

Rookie Football Development Programs begin.

May 18-21

NFLPA Rookie Premiere, TBD

May 22-24

Spring League Meeting (Minneapolis, MN)


July 17

Deadline for teams that designated a Franchise Players to sign a multi-year contract extension is 4:00 PM ET. After this, player can only sign one-year contract that cannot be extended until after the team’s final regular season game.


August 3-6

Hall of Fame Weekend, Canton, Ohio


September 7

NFL Kickoff Game