Here is a look at some important upcoming dates:
Feb. 27 – NFL Europe Training camp opens
The Patriots have nine players scheduled to play in NFL Europe with five – QB Rohan Davey, G Jamil Soriano, WR Chas Gessner, LB Lawrence Flugence and S Scott Farley – all with the Berlin Thunder.
DL Buck Rasmussen (Frankfurt), S Jason Perry (Amsterdam), CB Michael Hall (Cologne) and T David Pruce (Frankfurt) also will be in camp when it opens Friday.
March 2 – Deadline for submission of qualifying offers by clubs to their restricted free agents whose contracts have expired and to whom they wish to retain a right of first refusal/compensations.
Also deadline to submit offer of minimum salary to retain exclusive negotiating rights to players with fewer than three seasons of free agency credit whose contract have expired.
March 3 -- Veteran free agency signing period and trading period begin.
March 28-April 1 -- NFL Annual Meeting in Palm Beach, Fla.
April 3 -- NFL Europe season begins.
April 16 -- Signing period ends for restricted free agents
April 23 -- Deadline for old clubs to exercise right of first refusal to restricted free agents.
April 24-25 -- NFL Draft
Patriots 2004 Opponents
Home: Dolphins, Bills, Jets, Ravens, Bengals, 49ers, Seahawks, Colts
Away: Dolphins, Bills, Jets, Browns, Steelers, Cardinals, Rams, Chiefs
Dates are yet to be determined
Patriots in the 2004 Draft
New England currently has 10 picks in the 2004 NFL Draft. They have their own pick in each of the seven rounds, which will be the 32nd pick in each round. Additionally, they hold the Ravens first round pick (21st), the Dolphins second round pick and the Saints fourth round pick. Here is the breakdown by round:
First: 2 (21 and 32)