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Bills offseason: fall opponents, key dates to know

A lot will happen before next season, but there are some things we do know that won't change.

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — With the Super Bowl decided and a champion crowned, all 32 NFL teams are now looking toward the offseason in an attempt to get there next season.

The Buffalo Bills have made the playoffs four straight years and in five of the past six seasons.

A lot will change before next season, and with that in mind, let's run through the things we do know. For starters, the Bills know who they will play next season. There will be eight games in Orchard Park, eight on the road, plus one "home" game in London.

All AFC East teams will play all AFC West and NFC East opponents. As it happens, the Bills will play both Super Bowl teams on the road.

Teams coming to Orchard Park include the Denver Broncos, Las Vegas Raiders, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, and New York Jets.

The Bills will hit the road for games with the Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Commanders, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Cincinnati Bengals, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, and New York Jets.

As for key dates, here are some to keep in mind:

  • Feb. 28 to March 6: The NFL Scouting Combine is held in Indianapolis.
  • March 7: Colleges begin hosting pro days.
  • March 13-15: Teams can start to negotiate with impending unrestricted free agents.
  • March 15: All teams must be under the NFL's 2023 salary cap. The new NFL year begins, meaning that unrestricted free agent contracts and trades worked out in advance can proceed.
  • March 26-29: The annual league meeting is held in Phoenix.
  • April 27-29: The NFL Draft is held in Kansas City.
  • May 1: The deadline for teams picking up fifth-year options.
  • May 5-8 or May 12-15: Rookie minicamps will be held.
  • Mid-May: NFL schedule release show.
  • May 22-24: Spring league meeting.
  • June 6: Mandatory minicamps start for some teams.
  • July 17: Franchise tag contract negotiation deadline.
  • Late July: Training camps open for teams across the league.

One date not mentioned: The NFL's release date for the 2023 schedule, which might not come until May.

WGRZ Bills/NFL Insider Vic Carucci is keeping tabs on everything Bills-related during the offseason:

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