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Dates of Vikings OTAs, Offseason Program Released

Yes, we're talking about practice.

As the TCO Performance Center in Eagan prepares to host offseason workouts for the second straight year, the NFL on Monday announced the dates of each team’s offseason training program. According to the league’s communications site, the Vikings will start spring drills on April 15.

OTAs, or organized team activities, will take place during three sessions starting in late May. The dates of those workouts are May 21-23, May 28-30 and June 3-6. The team’s mandatory minicamp will take place on June 11-13.

Per the league page, phase one consists of the first two weeks of the program with activities limited to strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation only.

Phase two consists of the next three weeks of the program. On-field workouts may include individual player instruction and drills as well as team practice conducted on a “separates” basis. No live contact or team offense vs. team defense drills are permitted.

Phase three consists of the next four weeks of the program. Teams may conduct a total of 10 days of organized team practice activity, or “OTAs”. No live contact is permitted, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills are permitted.

Article 22 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement stipulates that clubs may hold one mandatory minicamp for veteran players. This minicamp, noted below, must occur during Phase Three of the offseason program.

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Here’s a complete look at the team’s remaining offseason schedule:

April

April 15th: Offseason workout program begins

April 20th: Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets

April 25th – April 27th: 2019 NFL Draft (Nashville, Tennessee)

May

May 2nd: Deadline to exercise/decline the 5th-year option of wide receive Laquon Treadwell for 2020

May 3rd – May 6th OR May 10th – May 13th: Optional 3-day Rookie Minicamp

May 13th: Rookie Football Development Programs begin

May 16th – May 19th: NFLPA Rookie Premiere (typically first and/or second-round selections attend with permission from team. OTAs and minicamps also begin during this period)

May 20th – May 22nd: Spring League Meeting (Atlanta, GA)

May 21st – June 6th: OTA offseason workouts

June

June 11th – June 13th: Mandatory Minicamp

Late June: Mandatory Rookie Transition Program

July

July 15th: Deadline to re-sign designated franchise player to contract extension

Mid-July: Training Camp (veterans may report no earlier than 15 days prior to first preseason game or July 15, whichever is later; rookies may report up to seven days prior to veterans; QBs and injured players may report up to five days prior to veterans if rookies have reported)

July 22nd: Deadline for team to sign transition player

August

August 1st: Hall of Fame Game (Canton, Ohio)

August 1st – August 4th: Hall of Fame Weekend (Canton, Ohio)

August 6th: Deadline for players under contract to report to team

August 31st: 53-man roster deadline (3pm CST)

September

September 1st: Claiming period for players placed in waivers at final roster reduction expires at 11AM CST

September 1st: Practice squad roster set (Noon CST)

September 5th: Top 51 Rule expires at 11AM CST

September 5th: NFL season opener


Offseason information provided by NFL OPS.

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Sean Borman

Sean Borman is a writer with Minnesota roots that's still somehow an optimist. He was an intern with the Vikings during college and previously wrote for Rant Sports. You can find Sean on the golf course and on Twitter @SeanBoarMan.

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  1. Thanks~I so wished I lived closer and my health was better~I always told myself I was going to take a month off and come up for one training camp~And let my lose be your gain~Never put things off to long are they will pass you by~

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