Atlanta Falcons | Schedule | Important Dates Monday, February 8: Waiver system begins. Teams may begin to release or waive players. (i.e. Thomas) Thursday, February 11: Teams may begin to assign the franchise tag (i.e. Wilfork) or transition tag to a player. Due to the uncapped year, teams may assign both a franchise and transition player, or two transition players. Wednesday, February 24 - Tuesday, March 2: NFL Combine. Thursday, February 25: Deadline for teams to assign franchise/transition tags. Thursday, March 4: Deadline for teams to extend a qualifying offer to restricted free agents (i.e. Gostkowski, Mankins, Woods, Chris Taylor); if they do not, these players become unrestricted free agents. Friday, March 5: Beginning of free agent signing period. (i.e. Wilfork, Faulk, Watson, Green, Bodden, Neal, Banta-Cain, Burgess, Hanson) Friday, March 5: First day teams can make trades. (i.e. Thomas?) Thursday, April 15: Last day other teams can extend offer sheets to restricted free agents. Thursday, April 22 - Saturday, April 24: 2010 NFL Draft.