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NFL Draft Dates

Starting on February 18, 2002, these important dates begin to pave the path towards the NFL Draft on the weekend of April 26, 2003.

February 18-24
Scouting Combine, Indianapolis, Indiana.
February 20
Deadline for clubs to designate franchise and transition players.
February 24
NFL Europe League training camps open.
February 27
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.
February 27
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.
February 28
Veteran free agency signing period begins.
February 28
Trading period begins.
March 23-26
NFL Annual Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona.
April 18
Signing period ends for restricted free agents.
April 25
Deadline for old club to exercise right of first refusal to restricted free agents.
April 26-27
NFL Draft, New York City.

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