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  • Sat., Jan. 21, 2017 1:00 PM MST East-West Shrine Game East-West Shrine Game, Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida.
  • Sat., Jan. 28, 2017 12:30 PM MST Senior Bowl Senior Bowl, Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama
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  • Sun., Feb. 05, 2017 4:30 PM MST Super Bowl LI Super Bowl LI, NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas
  • Wed., Feb. 15, 2017 12:00 AM MST First day to designate Franchise or Transition players First day for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.
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  • Tue., Mar. 07, 2017 12:00 AM MST Teams may negotiate with their own Unrestricted Free Agents

    During the period beginning at 12 noon, New York time, on March 7th and ending at 3:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 9th, clubs are permitted to contact, and enter into contract negotiations with the certified agents of players who will become Unrestricted Free Agents upon the expiration of their 2016 player contracts at 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 9. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 9.

    During the above two-day negotiating period, no direct contact is permitted between a prospective unrestricted free agent and any employee or representative of a club, other than the player’s current club.

  • Thu., Mar. 09, 2017 12:00 AM MST 2017 League Year and Free Agency begin

    The 2017 League Year and Free Agency period begin at 4:00 p.m., New York time.

    The first day of the 2017 League Year will end at 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 9. Clubs will receive a personnel notice that will include all transactions submitted to the League office during the period between 4:00 p.m., New York time, and 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 9.

    Trading period for 2017 begins at 4:00 p.m., New York time, after expiration of all 2016 contracts.

  • Sun., Mar. 26, 2017 12:00 AM MDT Annual League Meeting Annual League Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona.

Football Operations

Mark Thewes
Director of Team Administration
College:
Miami (OH)
Experience:
12

Mark Thewes enters his 12th season in the NFL in 2014 and his third year as the club’s director of team administration. Originally hired by Denver on Jan. 12, 2009, as Assistant to the Head Coach, Thewes worked for the Cleveland Browns from 1999-2004 and spent four years with GMR Marketing in Charlotte, N.C., before he joined the Broncos.

Thewes serves as the liaison to the NFL office to ensure the club’s compliance with the collective bargaining agreement, roster management and reporting, scheduling, officiating and discipline. He also works closely with Director of Football Administration Mike Sullivan in player contract analysis, market research and overall football department budgeting and monitoring.

A native of Canton, Ohio, Thewes worked as an intern in the operations and marketing departments at the Pro Football Hall of Fame before joining the Browns as an intern for their re-entry into the NFL in 1999. He was hired full time by the Browns in 2000 and handled marketing/sponsorships for the club through 2004.

Mark Thewes enters his 12th season in the NFL in 2014 and his third year as the club’s director of team administration. Originally hired by Denver on Jan. 12, 2009, as Assistant to the Head Coach, Thewes worked for the Cleveland Browns from 1999-2004 and spent four years with GMR Marketing in Charlotte, N.C., before he joined the Broncos.

Thewes serves as the liaison to the NFL office to ensure the club’s compliance with the collective bargaining agreement, roster management and reporting, scheduling, officiating and discipline. He also works closely with Director of Football Administration Mike Sullivan in player contract analysis, market research and overall football department budgeting and monitoring.

A native of Canton, Ohio, Thewes worked as an intern in the operations and marketing departments at the Pro Football Hall of Fame before joining the Browns as an intern for their re-entry into the NFL in 1999. He was hired full time by the Browns in 2000 and handled marketing/sponsorships for the club through 2004.

At GMR Marketing, Thewes was an account director in its sports marketing division. In that capacity, he worked with NFL, NCAA and NASCAR accounts.

A four-year starter on the baseball team at Miami University (Oxford, Ohio), Thewes received a bachelor’s degree from the school before earning a master’s degree in sports administration from Ohio University. He is a graduate of Canton McKinley Senior High School in Canton, Ohio.

Mark and his wife, Megan, have one son (Wade) and one daughter (Gwen).

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