Coronavirus Impacting The NFL Offseason

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NFL offseason impacted by coronavirus
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 29: General view of action on the field as seen from the lower level concourse during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 29, 2020 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

The NFL offseason is beginning to become heavily impacted by the coronavirus, even with no games being played at this time. Teams have put a hold on operations and the league has even canceled a very important meeting with officials. The NFL has said they have no plans to move the start of the league year, which starts on Wednesday, March 18th, with the tampering period beginning on Monday the 16th. With the NFL draft and other NFL offseason activities getting ready to get underway over the next month or so, it’ll be interesting to see how this is approached. 

Coronavirus Impacting The NFL Offseason

Team Operations Put On Hold

Due to the decisions of other sports leagues, many were wondering what the NFL was going to do. Earlier today, a few teams have spoken out about what they’ll do, whether it’s closing facilities or canceling travel. Here are some of the reported actions teams are taking due to Coronavirus:

The moral of the story is that teams are taking precautions and limiting activities. That means no pre-draft or free-agent visits. Also, this means coaches will not going to different schools and facilities to work out players. This was a tough call for these teams but it had to be done.

League Operations

In addition to teams taking pre-caution, the NFL has stepped in as well. They took a big step and has canceled the annual spring owners meeting that was going to be held on March 29-31 in West Palm Beach. All considerations and meeting agendas will be addressed at their next owner’s meeting, which will be held on May 19-20.

The NFL is also looking hard at if they need to make adjustments to the NFL Draft. The draft will be held on April 23-25 in Las Vegas. Like the new league year, the league doesn’t expect to make changes but that could change as anytime for the draft. 

Final Drive

Many leagues were put on hold in hope of being able to return soon and that’s what the NFL hopes. The draft is a huge part of the offseason and they are hoping it doesn’t last into team OTA’s and camps this summer. The NFL season is over, which is a good thing, but it’s still affecting team activities and events. The league is monitoring the situation and are planning accordingly as they go along. 

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