COVID-19 and the NFL: No Delay to League Year, But Training Facilities Shut Down, Draftee Visits Cancelled, Scouts Pulled, Much More

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COVID-19 and the NFL: No Delay to League Year, But Training Facilities Shut Down, Draftee Visits Cancelled, Scouts Pulled, Much More

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It was surreal to see — in real time — reactions from the NBA and NCAA in how they were handling COVID-19 while games were going on last night.

Today, it’s the NFL’s turn.

Off the top, it looks like the league will proceed with business as usual:

The NFL’s offseason timeline remains on course. And if that’s the case, that means:

  • The NFLPA’s deadline to vote on the proposed CBA is still 10:59 p.m. CT on Saturday
  • The deadline to place the Franchise and/or Transition tag on a player remains 10:59:59 a.m. CT on Monday.
  • The “legal tampering” negotiation window opens the literal second after the tag deadline passes, which is at 11 a.m. CT on Monday.
  • And it all leads up to the new league year still opening its doors at 3 p.m. CT, with free agency beginning and agreed upon trades becoming officially official..

And yet, it’s hard to think things are “business as usual” element when this is happening:

Point of clarification on some of the above:

Making adjustments to the NFL Draft that is scheduled to take place April 23-25 inLas Vegas isn’t business as usual. Neither is discussing shutting down team facilities as part of an effort to stem the spread of COVID-19. The same can beside about pulling scouts off the road and canceling prospect visits ahead of the draft. But for the sake of safety, this is obviously the right thing to do.

As Rapoport tweeted above, the NFL is preparing to brief its teams on a conference call. I’m sure we’ll have more of an idea of how the league will tackle things moving forward once the call is completed. Until then, we’ll keep our eyes open for news that comes our way. In the meantime, be sure to wash your hands, disinfect your devices, and be safe for yourself, your families, and others.



Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.