San Diego Chargers: Important Dates for 2012

We are now under a month away from the NFL Combine and less than two months away from the start of free agency in this NFL offseason.

This weekend there will be two games to keep your eyes on and next weekend we'll all sit down to watch the year's best commercials interrupted by some football.

What about after that? Well, we have you covered with a list of all of the dates (approximate dates for those that haven't been announced specifically yet) that you'll need to know as we count down to September 6th (the start of the 2012 NFL season) after the jump.

Jan. 28 - Senior Bowl (1 p.m., NFL Network)

Jan. 29 - 2012 NFL Pro Bowl (4 p.m., NBC)

Feb. 5 - Super Bowl XLVI (3:25 p.m., NBC)

Feb. 20 - Teams can begin applying franchise and transition tags to players

Feb. 22-28 - NFL Combine (live coverage on NFL Network and NFL.com)

March 5 - Deadline for teams to apply franchise and transition tags

March 13 - Free agency begins at 1 p.m.

March 25-28 - NFL owners meetings (in Palm Beach, FL)

March 30-31 - Super Regional Combine (at Ford Field)

Mid-April - Chargers' offseason program begins (they can hold a maximum of 10 OTAs during the offseason)

Late April - 2012 NFL schedule is announced

April 26 - First round of 2012 NFL Draft (Chargers will pick 18th)

April 27 - Second and third rounds of 2012 NFL Draft

April 28 - Rounds 4-7 of 2012 NFL Draft

Late July - Training camps across the league begin

Early August - 2012 preseason begins

Sept. 6 - 2012 NFL regular season begins at stadium of Super Bowl champion

(All times Pacific)

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