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2016 NFL offseason: Bengals OTA dates, NFL deadlines, preseason schedule

The key dates to know as the Bengals get ready for the third phase of OTAs to begin next week.

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The Bengals have had two phases of Organized Training Activities (OTAs), they've also had rookie mini-camp but next week, most of the team will join together for Phase 3 of OTAs and the action will heat up. We'll likely get word on how players with injuries are healing up and conversations regarding offseason position battles will begin. Here are the big offseason dates remaining between now and the 2016 NFL season. (Note: Training camp dates have not yet been released, but you can expect training camp to begin late in July; last year's training camp began on July 31.)

May 19-22: NFLPA Rookie Premiere. Tyler Boyd is among the invited rookies, and the only Bengals player attending.

May 23-25: NFL Spring League Meeting, Charlotte, North Carolina.

May 24-26: First series of voluntary OTA practices for Bengals; Phase 3 of the offseason workout program.

May 31-June 2: Second session of voluntary OTA practices.

June 7-9: Third session of voluntary OTA practices.

June 1: Deadline for prior club to send "June 1 Tender" to its unsigned Restricted Free Agents who received a qualifying offer for a Right of First Refusal Only in order for such player to be subject  to the CBA's "June 15 Tender" provision.

June 2: For any player removed from the club's roster or whose contract is assigned via waivers or trade on or after June 2, any unamortized signing bonus amounts for future years will be included fully in Team Salary at the start of the 2017 League Year.

June 14-16: Mandatory rookie and veterans minicamp.

June 15: Deadline for club to withdraw qualifying offer to Restricted Free Agents and still retain exclusive negotiating rights by substituting "June 15 Tender" of one-year contract at 110 percent of the player's prior-year Paragraph 5 Salary (with all other terms of his prior-year contract carried forward unchanged).

July 15: At 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for any club that designated a Franchise Player to sign such player to a multiyear contract or extension. After this date, the player may sign only a one-year contract with his prior club for the 2016 season, and such contract cannot be extended until after the club's last regular season game.

Mid-July: Clubs are permitted to open preseason training camp for rookies and first-year players beginning seven days prior to the club's earliest permissible mandatory reporting date for veteran players. Veteran players (defined as a player with at least one pension-credited season) other than quarterbacks or "injured players" (as defined in CBA Article 21, Section 6) may report to a club's preseason training camp no earlier than 15 days prior to the club's first scheduled preseason game or July 15, whichever is later.

Veteran quarterbacks and injured players may be required to report to the club's preseason training camp no earlier than five days immediately prior to the mandatory reporting date for all other veteran players, provided the club has already opened (or simultaneously opens) its official preseason training camp for all rookies and first-year players.

A three-day acclimation period will apply to players who are on a Club's roster up to and including the mandatory veteran reporting date. Players who join the roster after that date may practice (including wearing pads) and play immediately after passing a physical.

July 22*: Signing Period ends for unrestricted Free Agents to whom a "May 10 Tender" was made by prior club. After this date and until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on the Tuesday following the 10th weekend of the regular season, prior club has exclusive negotiating rights.

* or the first scheduled day of the first NFL training camp, whichever is later.

July 22: Signing Period ends for Transition Players with outstanding tenders. After this date and until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on the Tuesday following the 10th weekend of the regular season, prior club has exclusive negotiating rights.

Bengals Preseason schedule:

Date Opponent
Friday, August 12, 7:30 p.m. ET vs Minnesota
Thursday, August 18, 7:30 p.m. ET at Detroit
Sunday, August 28, 8:00 p.m. ET at Jacksonville
Thursday, September 1, 7:30 p.m. ET vs Indianapolis