The Cleveland Browns will be looking to rebound after a disappointing 2021 season. Keep your eyes on these dates as the 2022 offseason starts.
At some point in my life, I hope the Cleveland Browns are still alive the first week in February, but that won’t happen for the 2021 season. The Cincinnati Bengals and Las Angeles Rams are set to battle for Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California.
While two fan bases remain glued to the news about one more game, most teams have transitioned into offseason mode. While the brings some excitement, this season will take some time for fans to get over after a major disappointment.
Below are a few key dates that everyone should circle in the upcoming offseason.
February 3, 2022 – East-West Shrine Bowl in Las Vegas.
A great opportunity for scouts to evaluate several talented players who will be entering the 2022 NFL Draft.
February 5, 2022 – Senior Bowl.
Perhaps the biggest scouting event other than the combine will allow coaches and scouts to see select senior draft-eligible players perform in live-action. The combine is great, but on the field can often be the best test to evaluate talent.
March 1st through 7th, 2022 – NFL Scouting combine.
The most attended and talked about event in draft evaluation. Only the top prospects are invited, and you will see stocks off all players rise and drop based on performances.
March 14th through 16th, 2022 – Free agency negotiations can begin.
Perhaps the most important time of free agency. No deals can be struck, but from noon on the 14th until 4 PM on the 16th, teams can have conversations with the agents of unrestricted free agents. In most scenarios, the top free agents have agreed to deals before the actual start of free agency.
March 16th, 2022 at 4 PM – Start of 2022 league year.
At this time any pre-negotiated deals can be submitted to the League office. At this time teams are also eligible to finalize any trades that were agreed to before the date, and negotiate new trades.
March 27th through 30th – Annual League Meeting.
At this point, any rule changes or concerns from the previous year can be brought up and solutions can be voted on.
April 18th – Clubs with returning head coaches can begin offseason workout programs.
April 22nd – Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets.
April 27th – Deadline to time, test, and interview draft-eligible payers.
April 28th through 30th – NFL Draft which will occur in Las Vegas for the 2022 season.
As you can see there is a lot to stay on top of the next three months, and you can expect the Cleveland Browns and Andrew Berry to remain busy.