NFL announces league year will start March 11

NFL announces league year will start March 11
December 21, 2013, 9:00 am
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The NFL has announced that the new league year will begin on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.

This date is important primarily for two reasons. One is that all teams must be under the salary cap by 4 p.m. on that day. This means that the top 51 salary cap numbers on the roster may not exceed the cap, which may be as high as $127.5 million per team, according to Pro Football Talk.

This will not be an issue for the Redskins; they are expected to have ample cap space to the tune of at least $25 million, perhaps more. Other teams such as the Cowboys, who are a reported $25 million over the cap, will have a ton of work to do prior to March 11.

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The other significant event on March 11 is the beginning of free agency. The Redskins will have about 20 players who will be free to shop their services starting on that date at 4 p.m. and the team will be able to add talent to the roster starting then as well.