2004 Vikings/NFL Offseason Schedule

Key dates between January and the start of the 2004 NFL regular season, including draft dates, key free-agent dates and NFL meetings and season openers.

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Feb. 1 Super Bowl
Super Bowl XXXVIII, Houston, Texas (CBS).
Feb. 8

Pro Bowl
AFC-NFC Pro Bowl, Honolulu, Hawaii (ESPN)

Feb. 8

NFL Europe Allocation
NFL Europe League NFL Allocated Player Draft.

Feb. 18-24

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

Feb. 24

Franchise and Transition Player Designation Date
Deadline for clubs to designate franchise and transition players.Clubs that execute a multi-year contract with their franchise players will not be deemed to have used their franchise designation for 2004.

Feb. 27 NFL Europe
NFL Europe League training camps open.
March 2

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 2004.

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.

March 3

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

Trading Period
Trading period begins.

March 28-April 1 NFL Annual Meeting
NFL owners meeting in Palm Beach, Fla.
Late March/
Early April

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

April 3 NFL Europe Begins
NFL Europe League season begins.
April 16 RFA Signing Deadline
Signing period ends for restricted free agents.
April 23 First-Refusal Deadline
Deadline for old club to exercise right of first refusal to restricted free agents.
April 24-25 NFL Draft
Annual player selection meeting, New York.
May 7-9 Vikings Minicamp
Dates for the first official minicamp for Vikings. Closed to the public.
May 10-13 Coaching Symposium
NFL Coaches Career Development Symposium, Orlando, Florida.
May 25-26 Spring Meeting
NFL spring meeting, Jacksonville, Fla.
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 6

NFL Europe Ends
NFL Europe League regular season ends.

June 12

World Bowl
World Bowl XII, Dusseldorf, Germany

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.

June 27-30

Rookie Symposium
NFL Rookie Symposium, San Diego, California.

July 22

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

July 30-Aug. 19

Vikings Training Camp
Vikings training camp in Mankato, Minn. Tentative schedule released in July.

Aug. 9

Hall of Fame Game
Pro Football Hall of Fame Game, Canton, Ohio.

Aug. 12-16

First Preseason Weekend
NFL preseason 2004 kicks off with the first full weekend of games.

Aug. 31

Roster Trimmed
Roster cutdown to maximum of 65 players plus NFL Europe exemptions.

Sept. 5

Roster Trimmed
Roster cutdown to maximum of 53 players.

Sept. 6

Practice Squad Established
Teams can begin assembling their five-man practice squads.

Sept. 9-13

First Regular-Season Weekend
The first weekend of the 2004 regular season.

Some dates tenative and subject to change.
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