NFL Calendar

The Bears have a lot of important decisions to make this offseason. Free agency is five weeks away and the San Diego Chargers are just over two months from being the clock.

February 1 -- Super Bowl XXXVIII, Houston, Texas (CBS).
February 8 -- AFC-NFC Pro Bowl, Honolulu, Hawaii (ESPN).
February 8 -- NFL Europe League NFL Allocated Player Draft.
February 18-24 -- Scouting Combine, Indianapolis, Indiana.
February 24 -- Deadline for clubs to designate franchise and transition players.
February 27 -- NFL Europe League training camps open.
March 2 -- Deadline for submission of qualifying offers by clubs to their restricted free agents whose contracts have expired and to whom they desire to retain a right of first refusal/compensation.
March 2 -- Deadline for clubs to submit offer of minimum salary to retain exclusive negotiating rights to their players with fewer than three seasons of free agency credit whose contracts have expired.
March 3 -- Veteran free agency signing period begins.
March 3 -- Trading period begins. March 28-April 1 -- NFL Annual Meeting, Palm Beach, Florida.
April 3 -- NFL Europe League season begins.
April 16 -- Signing period ends for restricted free agents.
April 23 -- Deadline for old club to exercise right of first refusal to restricted free agents.
April 24-25 -- NFL Draft, New York City.
May 10-13 -- NFL Coaches Career Development Symposium, Orlando, Florida.
May 25-26 -- NFL Spring Meeting, Jacksonville, Florida.
June 1 -- Deadline for old clubs to send tender to unsigned unrestricted free agents to receive exclusive negotiating rights for rest of season if player is not signed by another club by July 22.
June 1 -- Deadline for old clubs to send tender to unsigned restricted free agents or to extend qualifying offer to retain exclusive negotiating rights.
June 6 -- NFL Europe League regular season ends.
June 12 -- World Bowl XII, Düsseldorf, Germany.
June 15 -- Deadline for old clubs to withdraw original qualifying offer to unsigned restricted free agents and still retain exclusive negotiating rights by substituting tender of 110 percent of previous year's salary.
June 27-30 -- NFL Rookie Symposium, San Diego, California.
Mid-July -- Training camps open.
July 22 -- Signing period ends at 4:00 PM ET for unrestricted free agents who received June 1 tender.
August 9 -- Pro Football Hall of Fame Game, Canton, Ohio.
August 12-16 -- First preseason weekend.
August 31 -- Roster cutdown to maximum of 65 players.
September 5 -- Roster cutdown to maximum of 53 players.
September 9-13 -- Kickoff 2004 Weekend.

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