NFL/Vikings important dates

Looking to plan your offseason activities around the NFL's schedule? Here are the important dates in the coming months.

February 20-26 – NFL Scouting Combine Timing and Testing, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana.

March 2-3 – Regional Combine, Atlantic Health Jets Training Facility, New York/New Jersey

March 9 – Regional Combine, One Buccaneer Place, Tampa, Florida

March 10 – Regional Combine, Halas Hall (Bears), Chicago, Illinois

March 9-11 – Clubs are permitted to enter into contract negotiations with certified agents of players who will be unrestricted free agents at the end of the current league year.

March 12 – Prior to 3 p.m. Central, clubs must exercise options for 2013 on all players who have option clauses in their 2012 contracts.

March 12 – Prior to 3 p.m. Central, clubs must submit qualifying offers to their restricted free agents with expiring contracts and to whom they desire to retain a right of first refusal/compensation.

March 12 – Prior to 3 p.m. Central, clubs must submit a minimum salary offer to retain exclusive negotiating rights to their players with expiring 2012 contracts and who have fewer than three seasons of free agency credit.

March 12 – All 2012 player contracts will expire at 3 p.m. Central.

March 12 – Top-51 salary cap account begins. All clubs must be under the salary cap prior to 3 p.m. Central.

March 12 – The 2013 league year and free agency period begin at 3 p.m. Central.

March 12 – Trading period begins at 3 p.m. Central for 2013 after expiration of all 2012 contracts.

March 16-17 – Regional Combine, Atlanta Falcons Training Facility, Atlanta, Georgia.

March 17-20 – Annual League Meeting, The Biltmore, Phoenix, Arizona.

March 23-24 – Regional Combine, Virginia Mason Athletic Center (Seahawks), Seattle, Washington.

March 23-24 – Regional Combine, Baltimore Ravens Training Facility, Baltimore, Maryland.

April 7-8 – Super Regional Combine, Cowboys Stadium, Dallas, Texas.

April 22 – Vikings' offseason conditioning program starts at Winter Park.

April 25-27 – NFL draft, New York City, New York.

May-June – Vikings rookie minicamp, organized team activities and full-team minicamp.

May 20-22 – NFL Spring League Meeting, Hyatt-Harborside, Boston, Massachusetts.

Late July – Vikings training camp opens.

September 5, 8-9 – NFL Kickoff 2013.

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