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NFL, Players To Push Draft Back To May

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the NFL and the NFLPA (NFL Players Association) are preparing to implement major changes to the league’s offfseason calendar.

From Schefter, via Twitter:

Currently, the NFL league year typically begins some time in mid-March, with the draft going down at the end of April.

Under the new calendar, the ne league year would begin before the NFL Scouting Combine, which is usually held in late February. That would mean free agency would begin sometime around mid-February, a full month earlier than usual.

Team would then have a lot more time than normal between the end of the initial bust of free agency and the draft. Schefter doesn’t mention when in May the draft would be pushed back to but presumably, it would be around a month. That could mean that this time next year, the Chiefs could be in the final stages of their draf preparation.

It will be interesting to see how this new calendar impacts the offseason workout schedule. For instance, right now, teams are going through their OTA (organized team activities) practices with their entire rosters. Rookies have already been through minicamps and the clubs are prepping for training camp.

The new calendar would certainly serve to shorten the NFL offseason a bit by spreading the major events out. It will also give teams more time to scrutinize draft picks than ever before.

What do you think, Addicts? Do you like this change?

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  • freshmeat62

    So does that mean even less practice time (OTA’S) for rookies and FA’s w/ their new teams?

    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

      It will be interesting to see how they adjust the schedule for OTAs and practices. Or if they do.

    • ArrowFan

      I think it will be the same time just more condensed and not so spread out.

  • berttheclock

    Had only the draft been in late May, this year, Micah could have held out hope and posted for another month.

    • Jim Harper

      Micah has gone into the witness protection program. Come on back Micah We still love you.

  • berttheclock

    The moving of the NFL calendar year up to the middle of February will mean all front offices will really have to work faster to determine such as Franchise Tags, and whether to drop players in order not to have to pay guaranteed money. What will be interesting is seeing how front offices manage to haggle the FA market while checking out the combine.
    I understand why the NFLPA wants more time for Free Agency, but, this could adversely affect the lesser talent or the older players in that teams may not go after them until after the later draft. freshmeat has a point about OTAs being cut for a full month, so, June really will be “bustin’ out all over” the NFL.

  • ArrowFan

    This would lead to less drunk driving and other stupid stuff that happens during the dead period between OTA and camp, maybe.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    This would make it tougher for rookies to contribute right away. I don’t like this idea.

  • NicholasAlanClayton

    I’m just waiting for them to create a developmental league that plays its games during the NFL offseason SO THIS BOREDOM WILL END.

    • Huscarl132

      I know right? Even watching replays on the NFL channel are getting old.