SPRING PRACTICE SCHEDULE ADDED
By Joe Platania
With the recent announcement of the Ravens' organized team activity practices, the team's offseason calendar can be firmed up to a greater extent than before.
The league mandates that the 32 NFL teams conduct their offseason in three distinct phases, according to the collective bargaining agreement players and owners reached two years ago, which ended a four-month lockout.
The entire offseason program is to consist of nine voluntary weeks of conditioning workouts and practice sessions, the latter totaling no more than 10 workouts.
The first phase entails physical rehabilitation for injured players, as well as strength and conditioning work for all players. That phase is limited to two weeks in duration, which explains why most teams' programs have begun in April instead of March during recent years, the better for players to heal after the rigors of a long season.
The second phase lasts three weeks and includes some on-field practice work. But that will be limited to individual player and unit drills, without offense-versus-defense work or live contact.
The third and final phase, four weeks in duration, consists of the OTA workouts as well as one three-day mandatory full-team camp per team. Again, no live contact is allowed, but this is where the usual 7-on-7, 9-on-7 and full-team drills take place.
UPDATED RAVENS 2013 OFFSEASON/REGULAR-SEASON CALENDAR
April 7-8 -- Super Regional Combine, Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas
April 15 -- RAVENS OFFSEASON CONDITIONING PROGRAM BEGINS, Under Armour Performance Center, Owings Mills
April 16 (tentative) -- Ravens' Pre-Draft Luncheon, Under Armour Performance Center, Owings Mills, noon
April 16 -- NFL SCHEDULE RELEASE, NFL Network, 7 p.m.
April 25 -- 78th Annual NFL Selection Meeting (aka "The Draft"), Radio City Music Hall, New York City, 8 p.m. (round one)
April 26 -- NFL Draft, Day Two, 7 p.m. (rounds two and three)
April 27 -- NFL Draft, Day Three, noon (rounds 4-7)
May 20-22 -- NFL Spring League Meeting, Hyatt-Harborside, Boston
May 21-23 -- ORGANIZED TEAM ACTIVITY No. 1, Under Armour Performance Center, Owings Mills
May 29-31 -- ORGANIZED TEAM ACTIVITY No. 2, Under Armour Performance Center, Owings Mills
May 30-June 2 -- Ravens Summer Bash and 49th Annual Ravens Roost Convention and Parade, Ocean City
June 1 -- Final day tender offers can be made to unrestricted free agents for exclusive negotiating rights
June 4-7 -- ORGANIZED TEAM ACTIVITY No. 3, Under Armour Performance Center, Owings Mills
June 11-13 -- MANDATORY MINICAMP, Under Armour Performance Center, Owings Mills
June 15 -- Deadline for old teams to withdraw original qualifying offer to unrestricted free agents and maintain exclusive negotiating rights with submitted tender of 110 percent of previous year's salary
Late June (date TBA) -- NFL Rookie Symposium; site TBA
Mid-July (date TBA) -- NFL Supplemental Draft
July 15 -- Deadline for designated franchise free agents to sign multi-year extensions (after this date, a player can sign only a one-year contract and cannot sign an extension until after the team's last regular-season game)
July 22 -- Veteran free-agent signing periods ends here, or first scheduled day of the first NFL training camp, whichever is later
July 29 (tentative) -- RAVENS' TRAINING CAMP OPENS, Under Armour Performance Center, Owings Mills
Aug. 3 -- Hall of Fame Class of 2013 Induction Ceremony featuring Jonathan Ogden; Fawcett Stadium; Canton, Ohio; time TBA (NFL Network)
Aug. 4 -- Hall of Fame Game; Fawcett Stadium; Canton, Ohio; Dallas Cowboys vs. Miami Dolphins; 8 p.m. (NBC)
Aug. 5 -- Deadline for under-contract players to report to earn a season of free-agency credit; unsigned rookies acquired during the draft that have not signed by this date may not be traded to another club in 2013
Aug. 8-11 -- First full preseason weekend
Aug. 15-18 -- Second full preseason weekend
Aug. 22-25 -- Third full preseason weekend
Aug. 27 -- Roster cutdown deadline to maximum of 75 players (4 p.m. ET)
Aug. 29 -- Final slate of preseason games
Aug. 30 -- Roster cutdown deadline to maximum of 53 players (8 p.m. ET)
Sept. 1 -- Teams may begin to establish eight-man practice squads at noon
Sept. 5 -- 94TH NFL REGULAR SEASON BEGINS with Super Bowl XLVII champion Baltimore Ravens opening at opponent TBD, 8 p.m. (NBC)
Sept. 8-9 -- KICKOFF WEEKEND: first Sunday-Monday regular-season games
Sept. 10 -- Players still on the roster on this date after having played one regular-season game are guaranteed their full 2012 salary
Oct. 29 -- Trading period ends at 4 p.m.
Nov. 15 -- Signing deadline for unrestricted and restricted free agents who were tendered a qualifying offer before June 1; signing deadline for transition and franchise free agents who remained unsigned by another club
Nov. 17 -- Week 11, Sunday-night flex scheduling begins
Dec. 29-30 -- Week 17, final regular-season games
Dec. 31 -- Teams may begin signing their own free-agent players for 2013 season
Jan. 4-5 -- Wild Card Weekend (NBC, CBS, Fox)
Jan. 11-12 -- Divisional Playoff Round (NBC, CBS, Fox)
Jan. 19 -- AFC Championship Game, teams TBA, 3 p.m. (CBS); NFC Championship Game, teams TBA, 6:40 p.m. (Fox)
Jan. 26 -- 44th AFC-NFC Pro Bowl; Aloha Stadium, Honolulu; 7 p.m. (NBC)
Feb. 2 -- SUPER BOWL XLVIII; NFC champion vs. AFC champion; MetLife Stadium; East Rutherford, N.J.; 6:30 p.m. (Fox)
Posted April 3, 2013