HERE’S YOUR EAGLES’ OFFSEASON SKED THROUGH THE BEN FRANKLIN PARKWAY DRAFT!

By Steve Kelly

So, here’s your handy-dandy summary of the Eagles offseason from today through the draft on the Ben Franklin Parkway:

February 6 — Waiver system began for 2017.

Veterans with expensive contracts such as Connor Barwin, Ryan Mathews, Leodis McKelvin, and Jason Kelce are in jeopardy of becoming salary cap causalities during this period. The Eagles have a month to clear that salary cap space before free agency begins. If the Eagles agree on any trades instead of releasing players, those deals don’t become official until March 9.

February 15 — First day for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players

February 28-March 6 — NFL Scouting Combine, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis.

March 7-9 – Legal tampering period for free agents

During this period, teams can begin contract negotiations with free agents.

March 9 – Start of the new league year

Free agents can sign beginning at 4 p.m., and the top free agents usually strike deals right away. So for all those hoping the Eagles can lure a No. 1 wide receiver – Chicago’s Alshon Jeffery would be the biggest name if he hits the market – this is the day a deal would likely be made.

Trading period begins at 4 p.m., so teams can officially trade players.

Top-51 begins – Even though teams have 90 roster spots, only the top 51 count against the salary cap. That goes into effect on this date, and even as the team adds players, the top 51 players must be under the team’s allotted salary cap space.

March 26-29 — Annual League Meeting, Phoenix

April 17 – Offseason workout program begins

April 27-29 — 2017 NFL Draft

The draft is on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway this season. A few miles away in South Philadelphia, the Eagles will have eight draft picks (that number could change with trades) to try to upgrade their roster.

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