Important NFL Dates for 2004

Training camp is almost upon us. Find out when the first round of roster cuts must be in by and when NFL teams must cut their respective rosters down to 53 players. They may then form their eight man practice squad.

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. Clubs not permitted to open camps before July 5. Veteran players cannot be required to report earlier than 15 days prior to club's first preseason game or July 15, whichever is later.
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 – Denver Broncos vs. Washington Redskins (ABC).
August 12-16 First full preseason weekend.
August 31 Roster cutdown to maximum of 65 players.
September 5 Roster cutdown to maximum of 53 players.
September 6 Clubs may establish practice squad of eight players.
September 9-13 Kickoff 2004.
October 19 Trading deadline.
October 26-27 NFL Fall Meeting, Detroit, Michigan.

Note: (* Or the first scheduled day of the first NFL training camp, whichever is later.)

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