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Vikings Offseason Schedule: A Look Ahead to 2019

Important dates and events on the Vikings' offseason calendar.

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.

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 is an IT nerd by day. You can find Sean on the golf course and on Twitter @SeanBormanNFL.

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1 year ago

Thanks, Sean. This is an excellent resource.