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Off-season schedule as released by the Falcons website:
Feb. 28- March 6: NFL Scouting Combine, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis
March 7-9: Free agent negotiating window
Clubs are permitted to contact and enter into contract negotiations with the certified agents of players who will become unrestricted free agents upon the expiration of their 2016 player contracts at 4 p.m. ET on March 9. Contracts cannot be executed with a new club until 4 p.m. ET on March 9.
March 9: Start of new league year
At 4 p.m. ET, free agency starts.
March 26-29: League meetings
Owners and officials will congregate in Phoenix, AZ., for the annual three-day set of meetings during which a wide range of league topics will be discussed, including the potential for rule changes.
Mid-April: Schedule Release
Atlanta will play the following opponents, with the dates to be determined:
Home: Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Dallas Cowboys
Away: Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New Orleans Saints, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Seattle Seahawks
April 17: Offseason workout program begins
Falcons players can report back to Flowery Branch for a nine-week offseason program.
April 21: Deadline for Restricted Free Agents to sign offer sheets
This is the deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets.
April 27-29: NFL Draft
The NFL Draft will be held in Philadelphia.
May 5-8: First weekend option for rookie minicamp
May 12-15: Second weekend option for rookie minicamp
Mid-to-late June: Mandatory veteran minicamp
Teams will hold their mandatory three-day veteran minicamps.
Late July: Training Camp
Clubs are permitted to open preseason training camp for rookies and first-year players beginning seven days prior to the club’s earliest permissible mandatory reporting date for veteran players.