For the first time in league history, the NFL will be having a virtual offseason.
Thanks to the progress we’ve made technologically, the NFL has found a away for teams to have an offseason workout program, despite COVID-19 making it very challenging to have large gathering of people (unless you’re the Cowboys).
The NFL and NFLPA have reached an agreement on a voluntary offseason program set to start April 20, according to the NFL Network. The virtual period of the program can start next week, but there will still be no on-field work until all 32 team facilities can reopen.
Here’s an except of the NFL.com report:
The virtual period will consist of three consecutive weeks of classroom instruction, workouts and non-football educational programs using videoconferencing technology. An extra voluntary veteran camp will be available for new coaches, with the virtual period ending no later than May 15, per Pelissero.
Teams are permitted to send players workout equipment and monitoring devices — e.g. kettlebells, resistance bands, Apple watches, etc. — provided the cost for any individual player doesn’t exceed $1,500, Pelissero added.
The plan, which was under discussion between the NFLPA and NFL management council for weeks, was approved Monday via vote.
”Both our Executive committee and Board of Player Reps have voted unanimously to approve a virtual offseason program up until the start of training camp,” the NFLPA said in a statement. “We will be sending out all the details and setting up calls with players and agents for how this will work shortly.”
So, this is gonna be one giant Richard Simmons workout video, isn’t it?