2004 NFL Calendar

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January 18

Conference Championships

February 1

Super Bowl XXXVIII, Houston, Texas (CBS)

February 8

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

February 8

NFL Europe League NFL Allocated Player Draft

February 18-24

Scouting Combine, Indianapolis, Indiana

February 24

Deadline for clubs to designate franchise and transition players

February 27

NFL Europe League training camps open

March 2

Deadline for submission of qualifying offers by clubs to their restricted free agents whose contracts have expired and to whom they desire to retain a right of first refusal/compensation

March 2

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 3

Veteran free agency signing period begins

March 3

Trading period begins

March 28-April 1

NFL Annual Meeting, Palm Beach, Florida

April 3

NFL Europe League season begins

April 16

Signing period ends for restricted free agents

April 23

Deadline for old club to exercise right of first refusal to restricted free agents

April 24-25

NFL Draft, New York City

May 10-13

NFL Coaches Career Development Symposium, Orlando, Florida

May 25-26

NFL Spring Meeting, Jacksonville, Florida

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 negotiating rights

June 6

NFL Europe League regular season ends

June 12

World Bowl XII, Düsseldorf, Germany

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

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, Canton, Ohio

August 12-16

First preseason weekend

August 31

Roster cutdown to maximum of 65 players

September 5

Roster cutdown to maximum of 53 players

September 9-13

Kickoff 2004 Weekend

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