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  • Tue., Feb. 28, 2017 12:00 AM MST Combine Timing and Testing The Combine begins in Indianapolis and runs through March 6.
  • Wed., Mar. 01, 2017 2:00 PM MST Deadline to designate Francise or Transition Players Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.
  • 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.
  • Mon., Apr. 03, 2017 12:00 AM MDT Clubs with new head coaches may begin offseason workouts Clubs that hired a new head coach after the end of the 2016 regular season may begin offseason workout programs.
  • Fri., Apr. 21, 2017 12:00 AM MDT Deadline for Restricted Free Agents to sign Offer Sheets Deadline for Restricted Free Agents to sign Offer Sheets.
  • Wed., Apr. 26, 2017 12:00 AM MDT Deadline for prior club to exercise Right of First Refusal to Restricted Free Agents. Deadline for prior club to exercise Right of First Refusal to Restricted Free Agents.
  • Thu., Apr. 27, 2017 12:00 AM MDT 2017 NFL Draft The 2017 NFL Draft begins in Philadelphia and runs through April 29.

Staff Directory

Matt Russell
Director of Player Personnel

Matt Russell begins his fifth season as director of player personnel for the Broncos in 2016 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 fifth season as director of player personnel for the Broncos in 2016 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                      2012-16
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