Tight end Clive Walford played his college ball at the University of Miami and he almost wound up heading back to South Florida after being waived by the Raiders.

According to multiple reports, the Dolphins joined the Jets as teams making waiver claims for Walford on Monday. The Jets had a worse record than the Dolphins during the 2017 season, so they added Walford to their roster when the process came to an end.

Using real plus-minus-driven team power ratings that adjust for player injuries, we simulated the final days of the season thousands of times to shed light on the playoff picture — coming up with projected wins, most likely seeds and most likely playoff opponents for each NBA team.

That is contingent on Gronkowski playing, of course. The most recent report on that front is that the tight end is likely to keep playing despite frustrations with Patriots coach Bill Belichick, although nothing’s come from Gronkowski since saying he’d take some time to think about his future after the Super Bowl loss to the Eagles.

The Eagles and Patriots were behind schedule when the NFL offseason began. After Super Bowl complete, they joined the 30 other NFL teams that had been in draft and free-agency mode for several weeks prior.

Philadelphia — or at least its front office — did not have long to celebrate its championship. The waiver system for 2018 began the day after the big game. On Feb. 20, the window opened for teams to begin designating franchise or transition players. The NFL Combine began Feb. 27 and ended March 5.

Seemingly in an effort to remain the talk of the sports world throughout the year, the NFL has stuffed the calendar with key dates and events, spreading them out through kickoff of the 2018 regular season. Here are those events, including free agency and the 2018 NFL Draft.buccaneers_088