Important dates for the 2002 - 2003 season


February 18
NFL Expansion Draft, Houston, Texas
February 21
Deadline for clubs to designate franchise & transition players
February 28-March 4
Scouting Combine, Indianapolis, Indiana
February 28
Deadline for submissions of qualifying offers by clubs to their RFA whose contracts have expired and to whom they desire to retain a right of first refusal/compensation.
February 28
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 1

Veteran free agency signing period begins
March 1
Trading period begins
March 4
NFL Europe League training camps open
March 17-22
NFL Annual Meeting, Orlando, Florida

April 13
NFL Europe League season begins
April 15
Signing period ends for restricted free agents
April 19
Deadline for old club to exercise right of first refusal to restricted free agents
April 20-21
NFL Draft, New York City

May 14-15
NFL Spring Meeting, Houston, Texas

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 negotiatings rights.
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 15
NFL Europe League regular season ends
June 22
World Bowl X, Dusseldorf, Germany
June 22
Signing period ends at 4 pm (ET) for unrestricted free agents who received June 1 tender

August 3
American Bowl, Osaka, Japan - San Francisco vs. Washington
August 5
Pro Football Hall of Fame Game - Houston vs. NY Giants

September 8-9
Kickoff Weekend

December 28-30
Regular season ends


January 4-5
Wild Card Weekend
January 11-12
Divisional Playoffs
January 19
Conference Championships
January 26
Super Bowl XXXVII, San Diego, California

February 2
AFC-NFC Pro Bowl, Honolulu, Hawaii

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