Vikings Offseason Schedule: A Look Ahead to 2019

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Let’s take a look at some key offseason dates for the Minnesota Vikings:


January 14th: Deadline for college players who are underclassmen to apply for special Draft eligibility

January 18th: A list of underclassmen who have been approved for entry into the 2019 NFL Draft will be sent to clubs on Jan. 18

January 19th: East-West Shrine Game (Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida)

January 19th: NFLPA Collegiate Bowl (Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California)

January 26th: Senior Bowl (Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama)

January 27th: NFL Pro Bowl (Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida)

January 31st: Deadline for NFL clubs to try out and negotiate with CFL players


February 3rd: Super Bowl LIII (Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia)

February 4th: 2019 waiver system begins

February 19th: First day to designate franchise or transition players

February 26th – March 4th: Scouting Combine (Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN)


March 5th: Deadline to apply franchise or transition tags (3pm CST)

March 11th: Teams may contact and begin negotiating with unrestricted free agents

March 13th: New league year begins

March 13th: Top 51 Rule begins

March 13th: All clubs must be under the 2019 Salary Cap prior to 3pm (CST)

March 13th: Free agency begins (3pm CST)


April 1st: Teams with new head coaches may begin offseason workout programs

April 15th: Teams with returning head coaches may begin offseason workout programs

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

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


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 22nd – June 6th: OTA offseason workouts (estimated dates)


June 11th – June 13th: Mandatory Minicamp (estimated dates)

Late June: Mandatory Rookie Transition Program


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 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 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.