NFL/Vikings Offseason Schedule

A look at the key dates in the 2002 offseason, from free agency to the draft to the start of training camp, preseason and the regular season. (Some dates tentative and subject to change.)

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Jan. 9 Free Agent Signings
Clubs can begin signing previously terminated free agent players for the 2002.
Feb. 21 Franchise and Transition Player Designation Date
Deadline for clubs to designate franchise and transition players. From Feb. 21 to March 15, clubs that execute a multi-year contract with their franchise players will not be deemed to have used their franchise designation for 2003.
Feb. 28

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 2002.

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-
March 4
Indianapolis Combine
Combine testing and timing, RCA Dome, Indianapolis.
March 1

Trading Period
Start of trading period for 2002.

Waiver Request/Claiming
A claiming period of three days is in effect for waiver requests made prior to May 1.

Free Agency
Free agency for 2002 begins.

March 4 NFL Europe Training Camp
NFL Europe League training camps open.
March 15-18 Player Rep Meetings
NFL Players Board of Representative meetings, Maui, HI.
March 17-22 NFL Annual Meeting
NFL annual meeting in Orlando, FL.
April 13 NFL Europe Begins
NFL Europe League season begins.
April 15 Offer Sheets for RFA
Deadline for signing of offer sheets by restricted free agents.
April 19 First-Refusal Deadline
Deadline for old club to exercise right of first refusal to restricted free agents.
April 20-21 NFL Draft
Annual player selection meeting, New York.
April 26-28 Vikings Minicamp
First official developmental minicamp for Vikings. Closed to the public. Tentative dates.
May 14-15 Spring Meeting
NFL spring meeting, Houston, TX.
June 1

Qualifying Offers
Deadline for old club to send tender to its unsigned restricted free agents or extend qualifying offer, whichever is greater, in order to retain right.

Tenders to UFAs
Deadline for old club to send tender to its unsigned unrestricted free agents to retain rights if player is not signed by another club by July 22.

June 7-9 Vikings Minicamp
Second official developmental minicamp for Vikings. Closed to the public. Tentative dates.
June 15

Qualifying Offer Withdrawls
Deadline for old clubs to withdraw original offer to unsigned restricted free agents and still retain exclusive negotiating rights by substituting tender of 110 percent of previous year's salary.

NFL Europe Regular-Season Finale
NFL Europe League regular season ends.

June 22

World Bowl
World Bowl X, Dusseldorf, Germany.

July 22

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

July 26 Vikings Training Camp
Training camp for the Vikings opens at Minnesota State University, Mankato in Mankato, Minn. Full schedule to be determined. Open to the public. Tentative start date.
Aug. 3-5 Hall of Fame Weekend
Limited preseason-opening schedule, with American Bowl in Japan and Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio.
Aug. 8-12 Preseason Week 1
Opening weekend of full NFL preseason schedule. First of four full weeks of preseason.
Sept. 8-9 Kickoff Weekend
NFL regular season begins.
Dec. 28-30

Regular-Season Finales
Regular season ends.

Some dates tenative and subject to change.
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