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2003 Off-season Schedule

The crazy part of the 2003 off-season is cranking up, starting on Tuesday with the start of the NFL combines. Here is a schedule of off-season events for the next several months. We've also captured all of these events in our <A HREF="http://www.fanmonster.com/public/cal/webcal3_month.asp?site=149">web calendar</A>.

Dates to remember during the 2003 offseason, also keep an eye on the Bernie's Insiders Web Calendar.


Feb. 2 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl, Honolulu, Hawaii (ABC)
Feb. 18-24

Scouting Combine, Indianapolis, Ind.
Coaches, scouts and other personnel evaluators analyze NFL prospects.

Feb. 20

Franchise and Transition Player Designation Date
Deadline for clubs to designate franchise and transition players. From Feb. 20 to March 14, clubs that execute a multi-year contract with their franchise players will not be deemed to have used their franchise designation for 2003.

Feb. 24 NFL Europe
NFL Europe League training camps open.
Feb. 27

Minimum Salary Offer
Deadline for clubs to make minimum salary offer to retain exclusive negotiating rights for players with fewer than three years of free agency credit whose contracts have expired.

Contracts Expire
Expiration date of all player contracts due to expire in 2003.

Qualifying Offer Deadline
Deadline for submission of qualifying offers to restricted free agents whose contracts have expired and to whom they desire to retain a right of first refusal.

Feb. 28

Free-Agent Signings
Veteran free-agency signing period begins.

Trading Period
Trading period begins.

March 23-26 NFL Annual Meeting
NFL owners meeting in Phoenix, Ariz.
Late March/
Early April

NFL Schedule Announced
Full NFL and Vikings schedule announced shortly after owners meeting. Exact date TBD.

April 5 NFL Europe Begins
NFL Europe League season begins.
April 18 RFA Signing Deadline
Signing period ends for restricted free agents.
April 25 First-Refusal Deadline
Deadline for old club to exercise right of first refusal to restricted free agents.
April 26-27 NFL Draft
Annual player selection meeting, New York.
May 20-21 Spring Meeting
NFL spring meeting, Philadelphia, Pa.
June 1

Qualifying Offers
Deadline for old club to send tender to its unsigned restricted free agents or extend qualifying offer to retain exclusive negotiating rights.

Tenders to UFAs
Deadline for old club to send tender to its unsigned unrestricted free agents to receive exclusive negotiating rights for the rest of the season if player is not signed by another club by July 22.

June 8

NFL Europe Ends
NFL Europe League regular season ends.

June 14

World Bowl
World Bowl XI, Glasgow, Scotland

June 15

Qualifying Offer Withdrawls
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.

July 22

Tendered UFA Signing Ends
Signing period ends at 4 p.m. ET for unrestricted free agents who received June 1 tender.

End of July

Training Camp Opens
Exact dates not yet determined at time of posting.

Aug. 7-11

First Preseason Weekend
NFL preseason 2003 kicks off with the fist weekend of a full schedule of games. Browns travel to Tennessee.

Aug. 14-18 Second Preseason Weekend
Green Bay Packers visit Cleveland.
Aug. 21-25 Third Preseason Weekend
The Browns visit Steve Mariucci in Detroit
Aug. 28-31 Final Preseason Weekend
The Atlanta Falcons and Michael Vick visit Cleveland.
Sept. 7-8

First Regular-Season Weekend
The first weekend of the 2003 regular season.

Some dates tenative and subject to change.
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