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Taking a look at the NFL calendar for the next six months

02.20.12 at 5:20 pm ET
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Here’s a quick look at the NFL calendar over the next six-plus months:

Today: Teams can begin applying franchise and transition tags to players.
Feb. 22-28: NFL combine (in Indianapolis).
March 5: Deadline for teams to apply franchise and transition tags.
March 13: Free agency begins at 4 p.m.
March 25-28: NFL owners meetings (in Palm Beach).
Mid-April: Offseason programs begin (teams can hold a maximum of 10 OTAs during the offseason).
Late April: 2012 NFL schedule is announced.
April 26: First round of 2012 NFL draft.
April 27: Second and third rounds of 2012 NFL draft.
April 28: Rounds 4-7 of 2012 NFL draft.
Late July: Training camps across the league begin.
Early August: 2012 preseason begins.
Sept. 6: 2012 NFL regular season begins.

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