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  • Tue., Feb. 27, 2018 12:00 AM MST NFL Scouting Combine begins Feb. 27-March 5: NFL Scouting Combine, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • Mon., Mar. 12, 2018 12:00 AM MDT Clubs may negotiate with unrestricted free agents March 12-14: 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 2017 player contracts at 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 14. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 14.
  • Wed., Mar. 14, 2018 2:00 PM MDT 2018 league year and free agency period begin

    Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must exercise options for 2018 on all players who have option clauses in their 2017 contracts.

    Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must submit qualifying offers to their Restricted Free Agents with expiring contracts to retain a Right of First Refusal/Compensation.

    Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must submit a minimum salary tender to retain exclusive negotiating rights to their players with expiring 2017 contracts who have fewer than three accrued seasons of free agency credit.

    Top 51 begins. All clubs must be under the 2018 salary cap prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time.

    All 2017 player contracts will expire at 4:00 p.m., New York time.

    The 2018 league year and free agency period begin at 4:00 p.m., New York time.

    The first day of the 2018 league year will end at 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 14. 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 14.

    The first day of the 2018 league year will end at 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 14. 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 14.

    Trading period for 2018 begins at 4:00 p.m., New York time, after expiration of all 2017 contracts.

  • Sun., Mar. 25, 2018 12:00 AM MDT Annual League Meetings begin March 25-28: Annual League Meetings, Orlando, Florida.
  • Mon., Apr. 16, 2018 12:00 AM MDT Clubs with returning head coaches may begin offseason workout programs April 16: Clubs with returning head coaches may begin offseason workout programs.
  • Thu., Apr. 26, 2018 6:00 PM MDT 2018 NFL Draft begins April 26-28: 2018 NFL Draft, AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX.

Staff Directory

Matt Russell
Director of Player Personnel

Matt Russell begins his sixth season as director of player personnel for the Broncos in 2017 after spending the previous three seasons as the club’s director of college scouting. He was named to his current position on Jan. 17, 2012.

As director of player personnel, Russell is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the pro personnel and college scouting departments.

Matt Russell begins his sixth season as director of player personnel for the Broncos in 2017 after spending the previous three seasons as the club’s director of college scouting. He was named to his current position on Jan. 17, 2012.

As director of player personnel, Russell is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the pro personnel and college scouting departments.

A former All-American and Butkus Award winner at the University of Colorado, Russell, 43, joined the Broncos after scouting for seven seasons in the NFL with Philadelphia (2006-08) and New England (2001, ‘03-05).

Since his ascension to director of player personnel in 2012, the Broncos overhauled the majority of their roster, developing depth and competition through free agency and the draft. Denver posted the most regular-season wins (50) in the NFL from 2012-15, while capturing four AFC West Division titles, two AFC Championships and a victory in Super Bowl 50.

With Russell leading the club’s scouting efforts from 2009-11, the Broncos acquired 25 players through the draft and college free agency that ended Denver’s 2011 AFC West Championship season on the active/reserve rosters.

Russell spent the 2008 season as the national scout for the Eagles after scouting the Western region for the club from 2006-07. Philadelphia earned playoff berths during two of Russell’s three seasons on its staff, advancing to the NFC Championship Game in 2008.

Hired by the Patriots as a pro scout in December 2000, Russell served in that capacity for the club during its Super Bowl XXXVI-winning season in 2001 and worked as an area scout for the team from 2003-05. New England won consecutive Super Bowls (XXXVIII in 2003 and XXXIX in ‘04) with Russell on staff during that time, and its 45-11 (.804) overall record from 2003-05 was the best mark in the NFL.

A four-year starter at Colorado from 1993-96, Russell finished his collegiate career ranked first in school history in unassisted tackles (282) and second in total tackles (446). He received all-conference honors during each of his final two seasons with the Buffaloes, including a senior campaign in which he was a consensus first-team All-American and received the Butkus Award after posting a career-high 137 tackles. He was selected as a member CU’s Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2012.

Selected by Detroit in the fourth round (130th overall) of the 1997 NFL Draft, Russell earned all-rookie honors before knee injuries forced him to retire in 2000. He spent the 2000 season as a graduate assistant coach for Colorado, helping to instruct the Buffaloes’ linebackers, before beginning his scouting career.

Russell lived in Germany, England and various parts of the United States as a child. He attended Belleville East High School in Belleville, Ill., and was born on July 5, 1973, in Tokyo, Japan.

PERSONNEL/COACHING EXPERIENCE

Denver Broncos
Director of Player Personnel                      2012-17
Director of College Scouting                      2009-11

Philadelphia Eagles
National Scout                                    2008
Western Area Scout                                2006-07

New England Patriots
Area Scout                                        2003-05
Pro Scout                                         2001

University of Colorado
Graduate Assistant (linebackers)                  2000