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Vikings offseason schedule: A look ahead to 2020

Important dates and events on the Vikings' offseason calendar.

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


January 17th: Deadline for college players who are underclassmen to apply for special Draft eligibility

January 17th: A list of underclassmen who have been approved for entry into the 2019 NFL Draft will be sent to clubs on Jan. 18

January 18th: East-West Shrine Game (Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida)

January 18th: NFLPA Collegiate Bowl (Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California)

January 19th: AFC and NFC Championship Games

January 25th: Senior Bowl (Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama)

January 26th: NFL Pro Bowl (Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida)


February 2rd: Super Bowl LIV (Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, Florida)

February 3rd: 2019 waiver system begins

February 11th: NFL teams may begin to sign players whose 2020 CFL contracts have expired

February 25th: First day to designate franchise or transition players

February 24th – March 2nd: Scouting Combine (Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN)


March 10th: Deadline to apply franchise or transition tags (3pm CST)

March 16th: Teams may contact and begin negotiating with unrestricted free agents

March 18th: New league year begins

March 18th: Top 51 Rule begins

March 18th: All clubs must be under the 2020 Salary Cap prior to 3pm (CST)

March 18th: Free agency begins (3pm CST)

March 29th – April 1st: Annual league meeting (Palm Beach, Florida)


April 6th: Teams with new head coaches may begin offseason workout programs

April 17th: Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets

April 20th: Teams with returning head coaches may begin offseason workout programs

April 23rd – April 25th: 2019 NFL Draft (Las Vegas, Nevada)

April 27th: Teams may try out or sign players who were under contract with an XFL team


May 1st – May 3rd OR May 8th – May 11th: Optional 3-day Rookie Minicamp

May 11th: Rookie Football Development Programs begin

May 14th – May 17th: NFLPA Rookie Premiere (typically first and/or second-round selections attend with permission from team. OTAs and minicamps also begin during this period)

May 19th – May 20th: Spring League Meeting (Marina Del Ray, California)

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 6th: Hall of Fame Game (Canton, Ohio)

August 6th – August 9th: Hall of Fame Weekend (Canton, Ohio)

August 11th: Deadline for players under contract to report to team


September 5th: 53-man roster deadline (3pm CST)

September 6th: Claiming period for players placed in waivers at final roster reduction expires at 11AM CST

September 6th: Practice squad roster set (Noon CST)

September 10th: Top 51 Rule expires at 11AM CST

September 10th: NFL season opener

Offseason information provided by NFL OPS.

Sean Borman

Sean Borman is a writer with Minnesota roots that's a Vikings optimist. He was an intern with the Vikings during college and is an IT nerd by day. You can find him on the golf course during summer and on Twitter @SeanBormanNFL.

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Gordon Guffey
Gordon Guffey
1 year ago

Wow it’s already that time of the year once again ~ I can’t wait to see who they pick to feel in the openings on the coaching staff ~ I found Gray and Edwards leaving kind of odd ~

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