The next three months will do much to determine the future look of the New England Patriots and other NFL teams. Here is the schedule for the upcoming makeovers:
Monday, February 8: Waiver system begins. Teams may begin to release or waive players.
Thursday, February 11: Teams may begin to assign the franchise tag or transition tag to a player. Due to the uncapped year, teams may assign both a franchise and transition player, or two transition players.
Wednesday, February 24 – Tuesday, March 2: NFL Combine.
Thursday, February 25: Deadline for teams to assign franchise/transition tags.
Thursday, March 4: Deadline for teams to extend a qualifying offer to restricted free agents; if they do not, these players become unrestricted free agents.
Qualifying Patriots: Stephen Gostkowski, Logan Mankins, Pierre Woods, Chris Taylor
Friday, March 5: Beginning of free agent signing period.
Qualifying Patriots: Vince Wilfork, Kevin Faulk, Ben Watson, Jarvis Green, Leigh Bodden, Stephen Neal, Tully Banta-Cain, Derrick Burgess, Chris Hanson
Friday, March 5: First day teams can make trades.
Thursday, April 15: Last day other teams can extend offer sheets to restricted free agents.
Thursday, April 22 – Saturday, April 24: 2010 NFL Draft.