Key Chicago Bears/ NFL Offseason Dates

March 28, 2012; Palm Beach, FL, USA; Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith (right) is being interviewed by the NFL network during the NFC head coaches media breakfast at the Breakers Hotel. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Some news from Halas Hall today regarding the team's offseason schedule of activities.

Local pro day: April 13

Voluntary workouts: Begin April 16

Rookie mini-camp: May 11-13

OTAs: Begin May 21

Veteran mini-camp: June 12-14

Other key NFL dates:

Late April: 2012 NFL schedule is announced.

April 26-28: NFL draft, New York - Round 1: 8 p.m. ET | Rounds 2-3: 7 p.m. ET | Rounds 4-7: noon ET

July 22: Deadline for unsigned UFA to sign with new clubs.

July 22: Deadline for transition players to sign with new clubs.

Late July: Training camps across the league begin.

Things will definitely slow down after the Draft for hardcore football fans, but based on the offseason the Bears have had so far, there will undoubtedly be plenty of interest this summer.

I'm sure Phil Emery still has plenty planned for his team... Stay tuned.

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