NFLPA reach agreement on rule modifications for offseason program
CLEVELAND, Ohio The NFL and NFLPA have agreed to rule modifications for the offseason program which was scheduled to begin for teams with new head coaches on April 6. Teams with returning head coaches were scheduled to begin their offseason program on April 20. The agreement was sent to teams in a memo from the NFL Management Council.
The league postponed the start of programs and later closed team facilities due to the outbreak of the coronavirus.
Until team facilities re open, teams may conduct virtual classroom instruction, workouts, and nonfootball educational programs using Skype or another appropriate platform ## ## . This will be referred to as the “Virtual Period” and runs from April 20 through May 15. As with most of the offseason program, player participation is voluntary.
Teams may resume offseason workout programs, including on field work, when club facilities re open. However, as stated in the memo, “The reopening of Club facilities will occur in accordance with protocols established by the League, in conformity with federal, state and local rules and regulations, and only after consultation with the NFLPA, which will be promulgated to Clubs at the appropriate time.”
The memo also makes clear that if one or more club facilities remain closed for any period of time, all facilities will remain closed.
Normally, offseason programs consist of three phases, the first beginning in April and includes mostly strength and conditioning. Phase II, or OTAs, happen over the course of ten days and is the first real on field work. Teams are also allowed to hold a mandatory three day minicamp, normally the last piece of the program.
The Browns and teams with new head coaches are also normally entitled to an extra, voluntary minicamp. The Browns held their extra minicamp last season the week of the draft.
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