the draft Brian Burns Carolina Panthers Jersey , which is the end of just about everything interesting in the NFL until August."The franchise tag deadline passed this week with nary a whisper of the Panthers making an ill advised move to retain free agent talent such as Daryl Williams or Colin Jones. That leaves free agency and the draft as the two biggest events on the NFL offseason calendar. They are also the only two avenues the Panthers have for improving their roster.Free agency is a weird process in which the NFL instituted rules to ensure fair and balanced negotiating between players and interested teams. Then, when almost nobody paid a lick of attention to those rules and instead engaged in “tampering” with free agents, the league decided to institute a period of “legal tampering” because they are allergic to doing anything sensible. As such, the next relevant date of the offseason is the opening of the legal tampering period on March 11th.March 11: Legal tampering period beginsMarch 13, 4 p.m. ET: Start of league year Womens Brian Burns Jersey , free agencyMarch 24-27: Annual owners’ meetingsApril 25: First round of the draftApril 26: Second and third rounds of the draftApril 27: Fourth through seventh rounds of the draftTeams can negotiate with players through the legal tampering period but neither party can sign a contract until the official opening of free agency at 4 p.m. ET on March 13. If that seems like a weirdly arbitrary time, please refer to the statement on allergies in the previous paragraph.This time and date is also the official start of the “league year” which is like a fiscal year except that it has nothing to do with money. Except that it has a lot to do with money, since this is the deadline for teams to be under the salary cap for a given season. Really, don’t try to understand the NFL so much as accept that some of its flaws are worth fighting about and some are not.This takes us to the draft. That runs from April 25-27. That means you have just a hair over a month to refine your perfect mock draft. Remember that style doesn’t matter so much as substance. Which round a player gets picked or how many trades you had to conduct to get there are all irrelevant. If you predict every single player the Panthers take then you are the new owner of the franchise. At least, I think that’s how it works.After that is the endless expanse of rookie minicamps and Organized Team Activities. Those end sometime in June prior to the start of training camp and the sad spectacle of us getting excited for preseason games because Womens Christian Miller Jersey , hey, at least they are football. We’ll dig into those dates after the draft. This is your schedule for the near future, don’t forget to mark your calendars. Or, you know, just keep coming back because we’ll tell you about all of these things as they happen. The choice is yours. It can be hard to come up with new ways to describe the talents of a football player Christian Miller Baltimore Ravens Jersey , but Ravens safety Eric Weddle came up with a curveball while discussing Panthers quarterback Cam Newton on Wednesday.Weddle took a page from prehistoric timesto come up with a way to illustrate how different Newton is from other quarterbacks that the Ravens have faced or will face this season.“He’s a fast dinosaur, muscular and big and runs people over in the open field,” Weddle said. “Makes guys miss. He’s a very unique quarterback in this league. He’s the only one really like him.”Weddle was asked which dinosaur and came up with a triceratops because he “just bowls people over.”While it’s rare to hear players compared to dinosaurs, Newton said at his press conference later in the day that it’s not a first for him. He said an assistant at Auburn used to call him a dinosaur and explained he used that phrase because “they don’t make them like you anymore.”If someone could figure out how to do that, there might be another movie in the series in the works.