Seahawks’ ‘offseason’ already underway

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If I’ve learned anything from covering the Seahawks for 34 years, it’s that the term “offseason” is a misnomer for what transpires from the end of one season to the start of the next.

In fact, one of the questions I’ve been asked the most over all these years is just what I do once the season is over. The rambling answer is always pretty much the same: “Well, there’s the NFL Scouting Combine in February. Then free agency begins in March. In April, it’s the lead up to the NFL Draft and then the selection process itself. In May, there’s a minicamp and then the start of OTA sessions. June brings the final minicamp and the end of the OTAs. Then? Well, everyone goes on vacation before the start of training camp in late July.”

Case in point: The Seahawks’ scouts were in over the weekend to begin preparing for the NFL Scouting Combine later this month.

Covering the team and the league now is quite different than it was in 1979 or even 1990, because of free agency, and the limited number of minicamps and OTAs allowed under the new CBA, and the increased interest in all of this because of the internet and social media and the 24-hour news cycle.

And because of the way the Seahawks’ 2012 season ended – with lingering feelings of unfinished business and those “We should be there” thoughts while watching the NFC Championship game and, yes, even the Super Bowl; as well as the “Just how good can these guys be next season?” anticipation – I’ve found myself wishing away the “offseason” several times already.

That, of course, won’t happen. So here’s a look at some key dates during the next six months before everything ramps back up in late July:

February

Monday, 4th Waiver system begins

Monday, 18th First day clubs can designate Franchise or Transition players

Wednesday-Tuesday, 20th-26th NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis

March

Monday, 4th Deadline to designate Franchise or Transition players

Tuesday, 12th Free agency begins

Sunday-Wednesday, 17th-20th Annual Owners Meeting in Phoenix

April

Friday, 19th Deadline for Restricted Free Agents to sign offer sheets

Thursday-Saturday, 25th-27th NFL Draft

May

Friday-Sunday, 10th-12th Rookie minicamp

Monday, 20th OTA sessions begin

June

Tuesday-Thursday, 11th-13th Mandatory minicamp

Friday, 14th Conclusion of offseason program; veterans break begins

Sunday-Saturday, 23rd-29th Rookie Symposium in Aurora, Ohio

July

Final weekend – Tentative date for players to report to training camp


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