2016 NFL off-season schedule, draft order and free agents


The Denver Broncos won Super Bowl 50, which means the 2015-16 season is over and the 2016-17 season will begin soon.

We know NFL fans can't get enough football, so why waste time celebrating the Broncos victory when you can look ahead right now. Here are the important dates, the order of the 2016 NFL Draft and some names of this year's best free agents.

2016 NFL Offseason Calendar

February 23-29: NFL Scouting Combine.
March 1: Deadline for teams to designate franchise or transition players.
March 7-9: Teams can begin negotiations on contracts with agents of players who will be unrestricted free agents.
March 9: The 2016 league year begins. All 2015 player contracts expire, teams must be under the salary cup and players can begin to be signed and traded. 
April 4 and 18: Teams with new head coaches can start off-season workout programmes on April 4, and teams with returning coaches can start April 18.
April 28-30: NFL Draft, Chicago
May 6-9: Rookie minicamps can start.
July 15: Teams that designated a franchise player must sign player to a contract or extension by this date.
Mid-July: Training camp begins for teams

2016 NFL First Round Draft Order

The draft will take place in Chicago and the New England Patriots are without a first-round pick as punishment for their involvement in Deflategate.

1. Tennessee Titans
2. Cleveland Browns
3. San Diego Chargers
4. Dallas Cowboys
5. Jacksonville Jaguars
6. Baltimore Ravens
7. San Francisco 49ers
8. Miami Dolphins
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
10. New York Giants
11. Chicago Bears
12. New Orleans Saints
13. Philadelphia Eagles
14. Oakland Raiders
15. Los Angeles Rams
16. Detroit Lions
17. Atlanta Falcons
18. Indianapolis Colts
19. Buffalo Bills
20. New York Jets
21. Washington Redskins
22. Houston Texans
23. Minnesota Vikings
24. Cincinnati Bengals
25. Pittsburgh Steelers
26. Seattle Seahawks
27. Green Bay Packers
28. Kansas City Chiefs
29. Arizona Cardinals
30. Carolina Panthers
31. Denver Broncos

Important NFL Free Agents in 2016

The following players are unrestricted free agents, meaning they will hit the open market on March 9 if they haven't re-signed with their existing teams:

Von Miller, LB, Broncos; Danny Trevathan, LB, Broncos; Brock Osweiler, QB,  Broncos; Malik Jackson, DT, Broncos; Alshon Jeffery, WR, Bears; Matt Forte, RB, Bears; Chris Ivory, RB, Jets; Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Jets; Muhammad Wilkerson, DE, Jets; Derrick Johnson, LB, Chiefs; Eric Berry, S, Chiefs; Lamar Miller, RB, Dolphins; Olivier Vernon, DE, Dolphins; Bruce Irvin, LB Seahawks; Russell Okung, T, Seahawks; Josh Norman, CB, Panthers; Eric Weddle, S, Chargers; Sam Bradford, QB, Eagles; Kirk Cousins, QB, Redskins; Andre Smith, RT, Bengals; Janoris Jenkins, CB, Rams; Cordy Glenn, OT, Bills; Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, Giants; Doug Martin, RB, Buccaneers.