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Counting Down the days to key 2024 dates for the Pittsburgh Steelers

Let the countdown begin!

Although the Steelers offseason began weeks ago, the 2023 NFL season has now officially concluded as of Sunday night with Super Bowl LVIII. Unfortunately, this means we now have no meaningful football to look forward to for more than half a year. With various offseason events sprinkled over the next several months, we can officially count down the number of days to key offseason dates.


7 days: Franchise/Transition Tag

Beginning on Tuesday, February 20, 2024, teams are able to designate a player with the franchise or transition tag. Teams have two weeks (until 4 PM on March 5, 2024) until the deadline for designation.


14 days: NFL Scouting Combine

The NFL Scouting Combine will once again be held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis and will be held from February 27 through March 4, 2024.


23 days: Pro Days & Facility Visits Begin

March 7, 2024, is the first time for Pro Days for players eligible for the 2024 NFL draft. Additionally, Each NFL can host up to 30 non-local players to visit their facility through April 17. Teams can perform physical examinations but no on-field workouts are permitted. Teams can also hold video or telephone interviews until April 24.


27 days: Free Agent Negotiation

For the 52 hours leading up to when free agency officially begins, teams may begin negotiating with players and agents for free-agent signings at noon on March 11, 2024.


29 days: Beginning of the 2024 league year (start of Free Agency)

At 4 PM on March 13, 2024, teams may officially sign free-agent players to contracts for the upcoming season. This is also the deadline for teams to exercise options on players, submit restricted free agent and exclusive rights tenders, and for teams to be under the 2024 salary cap. Teams may also trade players once the 4 PM deadline has passed.


62 days: Offseason Workouts

April 15, 2024 is the first day teams with returning head coaches, like the Steelers, can begin their offseason workout program. Teams with new head coaches may begin two weeks earlier.


66 days: Deadline for RFA’s to sign offer sheets

Any restricted free agent must sign any offer sheet from another team by Friday, April 19, 2024. After this date, RFA’s can only sign with the team which offered them a tender.


72 days: NFL Draft

The 2023 NFL draft will be held in Detroit, Michigan, beginning on Thursday, April 25 and continuing through Saturday, April 27. The Steelers are scheduled to have their allocated picks with the exception of the 5th round. The Steelers do have an additional pick in the 5th round from the Los Angeles Rams.


At this time, these are the only dates agreed upon for the NFL calendar by the NFL and the NFLPA. If the two sides agree on a schedule similar to past seasons, the estimations will be as follows:


~86 days: NFL Schedule Release

The last three years the schedule came out after the NFL Draft. If the release is like 2022, it will come 14 days after the first night of the NFL draft, which would be Thursday, May 9, 2024.


~87 days: Rookie Minicamp and OTAs

Based on the 2023 offseason schedule, Steelers rookie minicamp began the second Friday of May. If they keep the same schedule, the first day would be Friday, May 10, 2024 and go through Sunday, May 12. If this is the date, OTAs began nine days later on the fourth Tuesday of May, which would put that starting date as Tuesday, May 21, 2024. These exact dates will be announced by the Steelers as early as April.


153 days: Franchise Tag Signing

In past seasons, any player who was designated with a franchise tag must have a signed contract by 4 PM on July 15. After this date, the player can only play under the tag for the season.


160 days: Transition Tag Signing

Any player who is designated with the transition tag must have a signed contract from another club by 4 PM on July 22. After this date, only the team who issued the tag has exclusive negotiating rights.


~162 days: Training Camp

Although the Steelers will not officially announce the start date of training camp until the preseason schedule is set, they generally report the middle of the final week of July. With the Steelers unlikely to play in the Hall of Fame Game, the fist day of training camp will not be earlier than the rest of the NFL and looks to be about July 24, 2024.


170 days: Hall of Fame Game

This date won’t be as significant to the Steelers for 2024 as they are not likely to be scheduled to play in the Hall of Fame Game, which should kick off the weekend on Thursday August 1, 2024. The Hall of Fame activities will be over the course of the weekend from the game Thursday through Sunday with the 2024 enshrinement scheduled for Saturday.


177-180 days: First Week of Preseason Game

If the NFL follows the same format they established in 2021-2023, which have been the years with only three preseason games, they would still be scheduled to play in the first full week of preseason games somewhere between Thursday, August 8 and Sunday, August 11, 2024.


191-194 days: Last Preseason Game

If the NFL follows their schedule from the last three seasons, the final preseason games for all teams will be between Thursday, August 22 and Sunday, August 25.


196 days: 53-man Rosters

The last three seasons where the NFL had a 17-game schedule, the final roster cut down date was the Tuesday following the final preseason games. If they stick to the same schedule this year, the date would be Tuesday, August 27, 2024.


205 days: NFL Kickoff Game

Thursday, September 5, 2024 will be the first game of the NFL season if things proceed as normal. Barring a horrendous scheduling conflict much like that in 2013, the game will be played in Kansas City. Since the Steelers play the Chiefs at home in 2024, they should kick off three or four days later on either Sunday, September 8 or Monday, September 9. One other possibility is playing on Friday night, September 6 in Brazil as it will be a home game for the Philadelphia Eagles, on of the Steelers road opponents this season.


362 days: Super Bowl LIX

Super Bowl LIX is scheduled to be played on February 9, 2025 at Caesars Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.

 

 

 

 

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