By Annie Ross
Now that the NFL offseason has arrived, here are the Eagles key dates for the next few months:
■ Feb. 19 to March 5 is the window for teams to place the franchise or transition tag on players.
■ March 11 is the start of the “legal tampering” period of free agency. Teams are allowed to speak with players on other teams, but they’re not supposed to talk numbers yet (wink, wink).
■ March 13 at 4 p.m. is the start of the new league year. Free agents can officially sign with any team. Trades can be executed. Teams have to be compliant with the salary cap.
■ March 24-27 are the owners’ meetings in Phoenix. We’ll see if any rules are proposed about using the instant replay system to challenge penalties.
■ Offseason workouts begin April 1 for teams with new coaches, and April 15 for teams with returning head coaches.
■ April 25-27 is the NFL Draft in Nashville.