NFL Calendar

Updated: December 31, 2012, 4:16 PM ET
Associated Press

Jan. 5-6 -- Wild-card playoff games.

Jan. 6 -- Assistant coaches under contract to playoff clubs that have byes in the Wild Card weekend may be interviewed for head coaching positions through the conclusion of the Wild Card games.

Jan. 12-13 -- Divisional playoff games.

Jan. 13 -- Assistant coaches under contract to playoff clubs that won their Wild Card games may be interviewed for head coaching positions through the conclusion of Divisional Playoff games.

Jan. 15 -- Deadline for underclassmen to petition for special eligibility for the 2013 NFL Draft.

Jan. 19 -- East-West Shrine Game, Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Fla.

Jan. 20 -- AFC and NFC championship games.

Jan. 27 -- Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu; An assistant coach, whose team is participating in the Super Bowl, who has previously interviewed for another club's head coaching job may have a second interview with such club no later than the Sunday preceding the Super Bowl.

Feb. 3 -- Super Bowl, Superdome, New Orleans

March 9-11 -- Clubs are permitted to enter into contract negotiations with certified agents of players who will be unrestricted free agents at the end of the current league year.

March 12 -- Prior to 4 p.m. EDT: Clubs must exercise options for 2013 on all players who have option clauses in their 2012 contracts; clubs must submit qualifying offers to their restricted free agents with expiring contracts and to whom they desire to retain a right of first refusal/compensation; clubs must submit a minimum salary offer to retain exclusive negotiating rights to their players with expiring 2012 contracts and who have fewer than three seasons of free agency credit; all 2012 player contracts will expire; Top-51 begins. All clubs must be under the salary cap. The 2013 league year, free agency and trading period will begin at 4 p.m. EDT, after expiration of all 2012 contracts.

March 17-20 -- Annual League Meeting, Phoenix

April 25-27 -- NFL Draft, New York

May 20-22 -- NFL Spring League Meeting, Boston

Sept. 5, 8-9 -- NFL Kickoff 2013

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