Important NFL dates for 2012
March 26-28: NFL owners' meetings , Palm Beach Fla.
Late April: 2012 NFL schedule is announced.
April 16: Formal workouts can begin as outlined in the CBA. Player strength and conditioning mainly.
April 26-28: NFL draft, New York
May 22: OTA's can begin, maximum of 10 including a 3 day minicamp.
July 22: Deadline for unsigned UFA to sign with new clubs.
July 22: Deadline for transition players to sign with new clubs.
Late July: Training camps across the league begin.
Aug. 4: Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony
Aug. 5: Hall of Fame Game: Arizona vs. New Orleans, Canton, Ohio, 8 p.m. ET
Aug. 28: Roster cutdown to 80 players
Sept. 2: Roster cutdown to 53 players.
Sept. 5: Regular-season opener: Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)
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