2012 NFL Offseason Schedule: Key Dates To Mark On Your Calendar

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 27: Running back Owen Marecic of Stanford runs the 40-yard dash during the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 27, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

After the Super Bowl comes to a close and the entire NFL shifts into offseason mode, there will likely be a comprehensive schedule released for everything that is set to take place from February to September. In the meantime, I have compiled a list of dates that are worth marking on your calendar for the 2012 offseason, and you can check it out after the jump.

Jan. 21 - East-West Shrine Game (4 p.m., NFL Network)

Jan. 28 - Senior Bowl (4 p.m., NFL Network)

Jan. 29 - 2012 NFL Pro Bowl (7 p.m., NBC)

Feb. 5 - Super Bowl XLVI (6:25 p.m., NBC)

Feb. 20 - Teams can begin applying franchise and transition tags to players

Feb. 22-28 - NFL Combine (live coverage on NFL Network and NFL.com)

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, FL)

March 30-31 - Super Regional Combine (at Ford Field)

Mid-April - Lions' offseason program begins (they 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 (Lions will pick 23rd)

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 at stadium of Super Bowl champion

(All times Eastern)

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