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October 7-9 - Fall League Meeting, Washington, D.C.
October 15 - Beginning the day after the conclusion of the sixth regular season weekend and continuing through the day after the conclusion of the 11th regular season weekend, clubs are permitted to begin practicing players on Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform and Reserve/Non-Football Injury or Illness for a period not to exceed 21 days. Players may be activated during the 21-day practice period or prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, on the day after the conclusion of the 21-day period.
October 27 - NFL International Series, San Francisco 49ers vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, London, England.
October 29 – NFL trading ends for 2013 at 4:00 p.m., New York time.
October 30 - Players with at least four previous pension-credited seasons are subject to the waiver system for the remainder of the regular season and postseason.
November 12 - At 4:00 p.m., New York time, signing period ends for Franchise Players who are eligible to receive Offer Sheets.
November 12 - Prior to 4:00 p.m. New York time
Deadline for clubs to sign their unsigned Franchise and Transition Players, including Franchise Players who were eligible to receive Offer Sheets until this date. If still unsigned after this date, such players are prohibited from playing in the NFL in 2013.
Deadline for clubs to sign their Unrestricted Free Agents to whom the “June 1 Tender” was made. If still unsigned after this date, such players are prohibited from playing in the NFL in 2013.
Deadline for Clubs to sign their Restricted Free Agents, including those to whom the “June 1 Tender” was made. If such players remain unsigned after this date, they are prohibited from playing in the NFL in 2013.
November 29 - Deadline at 4:00 p.m. New York time, for reinstatement of players in Reserve List categories of Retired, Did Not Report, and Exclusive Rights, and of players who were placed on Reserve/Left Squad in a previous season.
December 29 – Week 17 ends Regular season games.
December 30 - Clubs may begin signing free agent players for the 2014 season.
December 30 - Earliest permissible date for clubs to renegotiate or extend the rookie contract of a drafted rookie who was selected in any round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Any permissible renegotiated or extended player contract will not be considered a rookie contract, and will not be subject to the rules that limit rookie contracts.
December 30 - Option exercise period begins for Fifth-Year Option for First-Round Selections from the 2011 College Draft. To exercise the option, the club must give written notice to the player on or after December 30, 2013 but prior to May 3, 2014.
January 4-5 - Wild Card Playoff Games.
January 5 - Assistant coaches under contract to playoff clubs that have byes in the Wild Card weekend may be interviewed for head coaching positions through the conclusion of the Wild Card games.
January 11-12 - Divisional Playoff Games.
January 12 - Assistant coaches under contract to playoff clubs that won their Wild Card games may be interviewed for head coaching positions through the conclusion of Divisional Playoff games.
January 19 - AFC and NFC Championship Games.
January 26 - AFC-NFC Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii.
January 26 - An assistant coach, whose team is participating in the Super Bowl, who has previously interviewed for another club’s head coaching job may have a second interview with such club no later than the Sunday preceding the Super Bowl.
February 2 - Super Bowl XLVIII, MetLife Stadium, New Jersey.
NFL Power Rankings – 2013 Season
NFL Power Rankings - Week 5
Photo - QB Peyton Manning - Broncos -
Offensive Player of the Week - QB Philip Rivers - Chargers
Defensive Player of the Year - LB Junior Galette - Saints
Offensive Rookie of the Week - QB E.J. Manuel - Bills
Defensive Rookie of the Year - DE Barkevious’ Mingo - Browns
Team of the Week - Chargers -
Rank / Team / Record
1. Seattle Seahawks (4-0)
The Seahawks won a major road test at Houston last week that marks them one of the clubs to beat this season.
2. Denver Broncos (4-0)
Peyton Manning is having his greatest season ever this year.
3. New Orleans Saints (4-0)
Saints are almost unbeatable at home.
4. New England Patriots (4-0)
Patriots won a huge game at Atlanta on Sunday night.
5. Baltimore Ravens (2-2)
The Ravens’ added LOT Eugene Monroe to take a run at the AFC North down the stretch.
6. Houston Texans (2-2)
Texans are struggling to turn the corner in big games.
7. Cincinnati Bengals (2-2)
The Bengals were beat in a key AFC North game at Cleveland last week.
8. Kansas City Chiefs (4-0)
The Chiefs with QB Alex Smith and an emerging young defense gives this club one of the rising units in the AFC.
9. Detroit Lions (3-1)
Lions won a huge game vs the Bears that may be the pivotal game on their entire season.
10. San Francisco 49ers (2-2)
The 49ers beat the Rams but must get ready for the Texans at home this week.
11. Chicago Bears (3-1)
The Bears have to lick their wounds from loss to Lions and get ready for the Saints.
12. Indianapolis Colts (2-2)
Colts coming off win at Jacksonville and start core of their schedule this week with Seahawks in town.
13. Miami Dolphins (3-1)
The Dolphins are off this week and regroup after their first loss to the Saints.
14. Dallas Cowboys (2-2)
Cowboys are a .500 club but atop the weak NFC East thus far.
15. Atlanta Falcons (1-3)
Falcons are the best 1-3 team I have ever seen.
16. Green Bay Packers (1-2)
Packers’ had two weeks to prepare for Lions coming to town.
17. Tennessee Titans (3-1)
The Titans off to a fast start but QB Jake Locker down for the next month plus.
18. San Diego Chargers (2-2)
Chargers get a critical AFC West matchup at Oakland this week.
19. Cleveland Browns (2-2)
The Browns won a huge game vs the Bengals that has them thinking playoff contention.
20. New York Jets (2-2)
The Jets face a very difficult matchup in Atlanta this week.
21. Buffalo Bills (2-2)
The Bills are competitive this season but probably too young to stay in contention.
22. Philadelphia Eagles (1-3)
Eagles enter critical NFC games over next month of schedule.
23. New York Giants (0-4)
The GMen are still making critical mistakes that cost games.
24. Arizona Cardinals (1-2)
Cards are struggling to mesh and have a killer schedule over next month.
25. St. Louis Rams (1-3)
The Rams get the Jaguars at home this week and need a W big time.
26 Washington Redskins (1-3)
The Skins came back vs the Raiders for first victory and go into their bye week prior to facing key midseason matchups.
27. Minnesota Vikings (1-3)
Vikings defense stops no one this far.
28. Carolina Panthers (1-2)
Panthers looked great vs the Giants and come off their week with two soft games on the agenda.
29. Pittsburgh Steelers (0-4)
Steelers look terrible, but get their bye week to regroup.
30. Oakland Raiders (1-3)
The Raiders face two critical AFC West matchups vs Chargers and Chiefs over next two weeks.
31. Tampa Bay Bucs (0-4)
Bucs make major changes at QB with Josh Freeman release.
32 .Jacksonville Jaguars (0-4)
Only drunks go to Jacksonville games.
NFL Power Rankings – 2013 Season
NFL Power Rankings - Week 1
Photo - QB Aaron Rogers - Packers-
Offensive Player of the Year - QB Matt Ryan - Falcons
Defensive Player of the Year - DE J.J. Watt - Texans
Offensive Rookie of the Year - WR Tavon Austin - Rams
Defensive Rookie of the Year – S – Kenny Vaccaro - Saints
Rank / Team / Projected Record
1. Houston Texans (12-4)
Texans finished with a four game winning streak for their first above .500 record ever, but fell short of playoffs.
2. New York Giants (12-4)
The Giants defense apart last season and take a big step back to the top.
3. San Francisco 49ers (11-5)
The 49ers fell just short and look for more offensive improvement this year.
4. Atlanta Falcons (11-5)
Falcons hope their rebuilt defense takes them further in the NFL playoffs.
5. Denver Broncos (10-6)
The Broncos look to Peyton Manning to direct this explosive offense, though their defense sustained critical losses especially for the early season.
6. Baltimore Ravens (10-6)
The gritty Ravens retooled their defense and look to their balanced offense to challenge for the NFL title again.
7. Seattle Seahawks (10-6)
The Seahawks are loaded the cannon this offseason, but face a difficult test in NFC West.
8. Cincinnati Bengals (10-6)
The Bengals are a sleeping NFL giant and could be the surprise club in the league this
9. New Orleans Saints (10-6)
The Saints return after a suspension season and look to recapture their Super Bowl magic.
10. New England Patriots (10-6)
Patriots are still the class of the AFC East with Tom Brady, but defense continues to be ordinary especially in big games.
11. Green Bay Packers (10-6)
Packers still have triggerman Aaron Rodgers, but defense is not at playoff levels.
12. Miami Dolphins (9-7)
The Dolphins are young and dangerous this fall with AFC East one of the weaker divisions.
13. Dallas Cowboys (9-7)
Cowboys continue to come up short for the postseason with overall inconsistencies the culprit.
14. Philadelphia Eagles (8-8)
Eagles begin the Chip Kelly era and hope Michael Vick establishes himself as a playoff caliber starter.
15. Chicago Bears (8-8)
The Bears reshuffled both sides of the ball in hopes of winning NFC North.
16. Washington Redskins (7-9)
The Skins look to compete for NFC East, though RG3 must prove durable to win the division.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-9)
Steelers are only a shell of recent their playoff teams.
18. Arizona Cardinals (7-9)
Cards are improved with Carson Palmer, but are also in the toughest division in football.
19. Detroit Lions (7-9)
Lions look to compete for playoffs, but their defense needs to take a huge step up.
20. St. Louis Rams (7-9)
The Rams made critical improvement last season, but needs to improve defensively to compete in this division.
21. Indianapolis Colts (7-9)
Colts may take a step back after a huge turnaround last year.
22. Minnesota Vikings (7-9)
Vikings look to young QB Christian Ponder to make big strides this season in hopes of competing for a wide open North division.
23. Cleveland Browns (6-10)
The Browns made improvment this preseason behind Brandon Weeden who holds the key to their season.
24. Kansas City Chiefs (6-10)
The Chiefs begin the Alex Smith era with hope he can give them stability at a constantly changing position.
25. Tennessee Titans (6-10)
The Titans face a critical season for both QB Jake Locker and HC Mike Munchek.
26. Tampa Bay Bucs (6-10)
The Bucs are overrated and QB Josh Freeman could be the first starting passers pulled this season
27. San Diego Chargers (6-11)
Chargers start a new regime and must show a competitive nature.
28. Buffalo Bills (5-11)
The Bills are starting another rebuilding process this season.
29. Carolina Panthers (5-11)
Panthers have too many holes to compete in NFC South.
30. New York Jets (4-12)
Jets offense will cost HC Rex Ryan his job and maybe before the season is over.
31. Oakland Raiders (4-12)
The Raiders are a horrible organization with continuous weak draft classes.
32 .Jacksonville Jaguars (3-13)
Jaguars are one of the jokes of professional sports.
2013 NFL Preseason Schedule
Date Time (ET) Away Home
Aug. 4 8 p.m. Miami / Dallas
Aug. 8 7:30 p.m. Baltimore / Tampa Bay
8 p.m. Cincinnati / Atlanta
8 p.m. St. Louis / Cleveland
8 p.m. Washington / Tennessee
9 p.m. Denver / San Francisco
10 p.m. Seattle / San Diego
Aug. 9 7:30 p.m. New York Jets / Detroit
7:30 p.m. New England / Philadelphia
7:30 p.m. Miami / Jacksonville
8 p.m. Chicago / Carolina
8 p.m. Houston / Minnesota
8 p.m. Kansas City / New Orleans
8 p.m. Arizona / Green Bay
10 p.m. Dallas / Oakland
Aug. 10 7:30 p.m. New York Giants / Pittsburgh
Aug. 11 1:30 p.m. Buffalo / Indianapolis
Date Time (ET) Away Home
Aug. 15 7 p.m. Carolina / Philadelphia
7:30 p.m. Atlanta / Baltimore
7:30 p.m. Detroit / Cleveland
8 p.m. San Diego / Chicago
Aug. 16 7 p.m. Minnesota / Buffalo
8 p.m. San Francisco / Kansas City
8 p.m. Tampa Bay / New England
8 p.m. Oakland / New Orleans
Aug. 17 4:30 p.m. Dallas / Arizona
7 p.m. Tennessee / Cincinnati
7:30 p.m. Jacksonville / New York Jets
8 p.m. Green Bay / St. Louis
8 p.m. Miami / Houston
10 p.m. Denver / Seattle
Aug. 18 7 p.m. Indianapolis / New York Giants
Aug. 19 8 p.m. Pittsburgh / Washington
Date Time (ET) Away Home
Aug. 22 7:30 p.m. New England / Detroit
8 p.m. Carolina / Baltimore
Aug. 23 8 p.m. Seattle / Green Bay
10 p.m. Chicago / Oakland
Aug. 24 7 p.m. New York Jets / New York Giants
4:30 p.m. Buffalo / Washington
7 p.m. Cleveland / Indianapolis
7:30 p.m. Tampa Bay / Miami
7:30 p.m. Philadelphia / Jacksonville
7:30 p.m. Kansas City / Pittsburgh
8 p.m. Cincinnati / Dallas
8 p.m. St. Louis / Denver
8 p.m. Atlanta / Tennessee
10 p.m. San Diego / Arizona
Aug. 25 4 p.m. New Orleans / Houston
8 p.m. Minnesota / San Francisco
Date Time (ET) Away Home
Aug. 29 7:30 p.m. New York Giants / New England
7 p.m. Detroit / Buffalo
7 p.m. Indianapolis / Cincinnati
7 p.m. Philadelphia / New York Jets
7:30 p.m. New Orleans / Miami
7:30 p.m. Jacksonville / Atlanta
7:30 p.m. Washington / Tampa Bay
7:30 p.m. Pittsburgh / Carolina
8 p.m. Cleveland / Chicago
8 p.m. Houston / Dallas
8 p.m. Green Bay / Kansas City
8 p.m. Baltimore / St. Louis
8 p.m. Tennessee / Minnesota
9 p.m. Arizona / Denver
10 p.m. San Francisco / San Diego
10 p.m. Oakland / Seattle
Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 18 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.
NFL Draft 2014 Moved to May 8-10
The NFL announced this week that the 2014 draft will be held May 8-10 in New York at Radio City Music Hall. They moved the event back three weeks from its traditional late April time frame in the ever expanding NFL calendar.
The NFL has spoken with the NFLPA about changing the overall football schedule in the future, though the only date change will be related to the NFL Draft this year. The NFL Scouting Combine will continue to take place in Indianapolis from February 19-25, 2014. The new NFL year begins March 11th with the Free Agency and trading period.
The NFL will continue to hold several regional combines on various dates from January 24th through February 16th with a probably Super combine in early April. They have made no decisions regarding dates for the NFL Draft 2015 and beyond. They will look at a number of alternatives including holding the draft at Radio City or at other locations, either in the New York area or in other cities. Some NFL clubs want the event to move to different cities annually, though that will be discussed in the future as there will be no significant changes in the dates of any other off-season event next year.
NFL Awards 32 Compensatory Picks
The NFL announced this week from the 2013 NFL owners meetings that the league awarded 32 compensatory picks to 16 different clubs. These picks are given to teams losing more or better compensatory free agents than they acquires in the previous year.
The Falcons and Ravens received the most compensatory picks, with four each, while the Texans, Chiefs and Titans each received the highest-possible pick, with a third-round selection each. The Texans, who lost Jason Allen, Mike Brisiel, Joel Dressen and Mario Williams (while gaining Bradie James and Donnie Jones) were awarded the highest selection of all teams, netting the 95th-overall pick (33rd pick in the third round).
Since 1994, no one has more compensatory picks awarded than the Ravens with 37, for those fans freaking out about Baltimore's free-agent exodus. (The Packers are next with 31.) And this year, once again, Mr. Irrelevant will be chosen by the Colts, who hold the final pick in the NFL Draft.
Compensatory picks cannot be traded and must be used by receiving club.
Round / Teams / Pick in Round / Overall Selection
Texans - 33-95
Chiefs - 34-96
Titans - 35-97
Ravens - 33-130
49ers - 34-131
Lions - 35-132
Falcons - 36-133
Dolphins - 33-166
Packers - 34-167
Ravens - 35-168
Texans - 33-201
Titans - 34-202
Ravens - 35-203
Chiefs - 36-204
Raiders - 37-205
Steelers - 38-206
Eagles - 33-239
Bengals - 34-240
Seahawks - 35-241
Seahawks - 36-242
Falcons - 37-243
Falcons - 38-244
Lions - 39-245
49ers - 40-246
Ravens - 41-247
Titans - 42-248
Falcons - 43-249
Dolphins - 44-250
Bengals - 45-251
49ers - 46-252
Giants - 47-253
Colts - 48-254
NFL Free Agency 2013 - Top 100 Players
Free Agents - Unrestricted & ‘Street’
No Franchise Players listed
Photo - WR Mike Wallace - Steelers
Rank / Player / Team / Pos. / Age
1 Jake Long - MIA - OT - 26
2 Dashon Goldson - SF - S - 28
3 Mike Wallace - PIT - WR - 27
4 Paul Kruger - BAL - LB - 27
5 Cliff Avril - DET - DE - 26
6 Sebastian Vollmer - NE - OT - 28
7 Andy Levitre - MIA - OT - 28
8 Greg Jennings - GB - WR - 29
9 Jared Cook - TEN - TE - 26
10 Jermon Bushrod - NO OT - 29
11 Glover Quin - HOU - S - 27
12 Dannell Ellerbe - BAL - LB - 27
13 Andre Smith - CIN - OT - 26
14 Steven Jackson - STL RB - 30
15 Sean Smith - MIA - CB - 26
16 Brent Grimes - ATL - CB - 30
17 Louis Delmas - DET - S - 26
18 Connor Barwin - HOU - LB - 26
19 Michael Bennett - TB - DE - 27
20 Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie - PHI - CB - 27
21 Tony Gonzalez - ATL - TE - 37
22 Chris Houston - DET - CB - 28
23 Danny Amendola - STL - WR - 27
24 Gosder Cherilus - DET - OT - 29
25 Wes Welker - NE - WR - 32
26 Aqib Talib - TB - CB - 27
27 Louis Vasquez - SD - G - 26
28 Reggie Bush - MIA - RB - 28
29 Phil Loadholt - MIN - OT - 27
30 Philip Wheeler - OAK - LB - 28
31 Eric Winston - KC - OT - 29
32 Keenan Lewis - PIT CB - 27
33 Dustin Keller - NYJ - TE - 28
34 Cary Williams - BAL - CB - 28
35 Fred Davis - WAS - TE - 27
36 Sam Baker - ATL - OT - 28
37 Ed Reed - BAL - S - 34
38 Dwight Freeney - IND - DE - 33
39 Daryl Smith - JAX - LB - 31
40 Antwan Barnes - SD - LB - 28
41 Sedrick Ellis - NO - DT - 28
42 Derek Cox - JAC - CB - 26
43 Martellus Bennett - NYG - TE - 26
44 Charles Woodson - GB - S - 36
45 Ricky Jean-Francois - SF - DT - 26
46 LaRon Landry - NYJ - S - 28
47 James Harrison - PIT - LB - 34
48 Kenny Phillips - NYG - S - 26
49 Mike DeVito - NYJ - DE - 29
50 Osi Umenyiora - NYG - DE - 31
51 Israel Idonije - CHI - DE - 32
52 Delanie Walker - SF - TE - 29
53 Desmond Bryant - OAK - DT - 27
54 Rashard Mendenhall - PIT - RB - 26
55 Jason Jones - SEA - DT - 27
56 Chris Gamble - CAR - CB - 29
57 Brandon Moore - NYJ - G - 33
58 Chris Canty - NYG - DT - 30
59 Brad Jones - GB - LB - 27
60 Jerome Simpson - MIN - WR - 27
61 Chris Clemons - MIA - S - 27
62 John Abraham - ATL - DE - 35
63 Brandon Myers - OAK - TE - 27
64 Manny Lawson - SF - LB - 28
65 Brandon Gibson - STL - WR - 26
66 Erin Henderson - MIN - LB - 27
67 Greg Toler - ARI - CB - 28
68 Richard Seymour - OAK - DT - 33
69 Adrian Wilson - ARI - S - 33
70 Brian Urlacher - CHI - LB - 35
71 Bradley Fletcher - STL - CB - 27
72 Glenn Dorsey - KC - DE - 28
73 DeAngelo Hall - WAS - CB - 29
74 Victor Butler - DAL - LB - 26
75 Peyton Hillis - CLE - RB - 27
76 Antoine Cason - SD - CB - 27
77 Terrance Knighton - JAX - DT - 27
78 Rey Maualuga - CIN - LB - 26
79 Jason Campbell - CHI - QB - 31
80 Shaun Phillips - SD - LB - 32
81 Felix Jones - DAL - RB - 25
82 Adam Jones - CIN - CB - 29
83 Donald Thomas - NE - G - 27
84 Mike Jenkins - DAL - CB - 27
85 Matt Shaughnessy - OAK - DE - 26
86 Patrick Chung - NE - S - 25
87 Sen'Derrick Marks - TEN - DT - 26
88 Rashad Johnson - ARI - S - 27
89 Shonn Greene - NYJ - RB - 28
90 Anthony Fasano - MIA - TE - 29
91 Danny Woodhead - NE - RB - 27
92 Vance Walker - ATL - DT - 26
93 Calvin Pace - NYJ - LB - 31
94 Julian Edelman - NE - WR - 27 -
95 Isaac Sopoaga - SF - DT - 31
96 Michael Boley - NYG - LB - 31
97 Mike Goodson - CAR - RB - 25 -
98 Roy Miller - TB - DT - 26
99 Tracy Porter - NO - CB - 26 -
100 Josh Cribbs - CLE - WR - 29
Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does regular sports radio shows for CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College and NFL Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports and appeared on several CBS TV shows. He has worked for NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites over the past twenty years. He has been a player consultant for numerous player agents and has helped formulate their off and post season training programs related to the NFL Draft and Free Agency.