Feb 16th - March 1st - period when franchise and transition offers need to be made.

February 23 - NFL scouting combine

March 9 - the start of Free Agency

March 2 - April 7 - Pro Days for college prospects

April 28 - NFL draft begins.

Given the decisions we need to make, we need to be ahead of the curve to coordinate our FA strategy with our draft strategy. With the large turnover in the department and the new coach, I'm concerned that we are playing catch up and won't have our college scouting far enough along to know what we need to get in Free Agency. OTOH, I can see us being once bitten twice shy about using FA to fill holes and then draft the BPA. I don't think we'll go down that route leaving us vulnerable to a sub par off season in a crucial time.