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  • Sat., Jan. 20, 2018 12:00 AM MST NFLPA Collegiate Bowl NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California.
  • Sat., Jan. 20, 2018 12:00 AM MST East-West Shrine Game East-West Shrine Game, Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida.
  • Sat., Jan. 27, 2018 12:30 PM MST Senior Bowl Senior Bowl, Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama.
  • 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

Tom Heckert
Senior Personnel Advisor

Tom Heckert begins his 27th NFL season in 2017 and his first season as senior personnel advisor. Heckert previously spent four years with the Broncos as their director of pro personnel. He was hired by the club on May 7, 2013.

During his 26-year NFL career, Heckert, 48, has been a part of 17 postseason campaigns, 11 division titles, eight conference championship games, three Super Bowl appearances and one world championship.

Tom Heckert begins his 27th NFL season in 2017 and his first season as senior personnel advisor. Heckert previously spent four years with the Broncos as their director of pro personnel. He was hired by the club on May 7, 2013.

During his 26-year NFL career, Heckert, 48, has been a part of 17 postseason campaigns, 11 division titles, eight conference championship games, three Super Bowl appearances and one world championship.

In Heckert’s three seasons with the Broncos, the team signed six players through free agency that have since made the Pro Bowl. Nearly half (23-of-53) of the players on Denver’s 2015 squad that captured Super Bowl 50 were veterans acquired by the Broncos from other NFL teams during Heckert’s tenure.

Before arriving in Denver, Heckert led an NFL personnel department for 12 seasons in Philadelphia and Cleveland. The two franchises combined to draft 12 Pro Bowl players during that time.

He most recently served as general manager of the Cleveland Browns from 2010-12. Before joining the Browns, Heckert spent nine seasons with Philadelphia, including his final four years (2006-09) with the club as its general manager. Three of those seasons (2006-08) were spent working with Broncos Director of Player Personnel Matt Russell, who was a college scout for the Eagles during that time.

Heckert was originally hired by Philadelphia as director of player personnel in 2001 before being promoted to vice president of player personnel in 2003.

He started his NFL career with the Miami Dolphins working as a pro and college scout from 1991-98 before his ascension to assistant director of pro personnel/college scout in 1999 and director of pro personnel in 2000.

Heckert has previously served on the NFL’s College Advisory Committee, which advises college football juniors on their draft status, as well as the league’s General Managers Advisory Committee, which consults Commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL football operations department on key issues regarding player development, scouting and technology.

A graduate of Hillsdale (Mich.) College, where he played defensive back, Heckert started his football career as an assistant coach for his alma mater for two seasons before breaking into the NFL ranks.

His father, Tom Sr., spent more than 20 years as an NFL player personnel executive, including stops in Cleveland, Tampa Bay and Miami before his retirement in 2007. Tom Heckert Jr. was born on July 17, 1967, in Youngstown, Ohio. He has two children: Griffin and Madison.

PERSONNEL/COACHING EXPERIENCE

Denver Broncos                            
Senior Personnel Advisor                     2017
Director of Pro Personnel                     2013-16
                                                 
Cleveland Browns                          
General Manager                                   2010-12
                                                 
Philadelphia Eagles                       
General Manager                                   2006-09
Vice President of Player Personnel                2003-05
Director of Player Personnel                      2001-02
                                                 
Miami Dolphins                            
Director of Pro Personnel                         2000
Assistant Director of Pro Personnel/College Scout 1999
Pro/College Scout                                 1991-98
                                                 
Hillsdale (Mich.) College                 
Assistant Coach                                   1989-90