Following the result of Sunday's Super Bowl, it's now time for the 2014 offseason to officially begin.
That means everyone is 0-0 and wide-eyed on reaching the ultimate prize, Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Ariz.
That group of motivated players includes seven-time Pro Bowl linebacker Joe Staley. San Francisco's defensive captain posted a picture of himself back in workout mode.
Rest assured several of Willis' teammates are in the same frame of mind. But before the offseason gets fully into swing, here's a look at the key dates on the calendar:
Waiver system begins.
Teams can begin designated free agents as "franchise players."
Scouting Combine – Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis.
Teams can begin negotiating – but can't finalize a contract – with the certified agents of players who will become unrestricted free agents at 1 p.m. PT on March 11. Before this time, teams must:
- exercise 2014 option clauses in the 2013 contracts of players.
- submit qualifying offers to their restricted free agents.
- submit a minimum salary tender to retain negotiating rights with players who have expiring contracts and less than three full seasons of experience.
- be under the 2014 salary cap.
March 11Free agency begins.
March 23-26Annual owners meeting – Orlando, Fla.
More 49ers headlines can be found in today's Morning Tailgate, presented by State Farm.
NinersNation.com shared the 49ers odds of winning Super Bowl XLIX.
49ers.com offered a photo gallery of the best images shot by team photographer Terrell Lloyd in 2013.
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