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NFL, NFLPA agree to virtual offseason program


With NFL team facilities closed due to the coronavirus, the NFL and NFLPA reached agreement Monday on modifications to the rules governing offseason workout programs and minicamps for the 2020 offseason.

NFL teams will be allowed to conduct a virtual period lasting for three consecutive weeks beginning next Monday, April 20 and ending no later than May 15. But no on-field work will be permitted until all 32 club facilities can reopen.

The virtual period will consist of classroom instruction, virtual workouts, and non-football educational programs using Skype and other videoconferencing platforms. Teams with new head coaches will be permitted to hold an additional voluntary veteran minicamp.

Clubs can then continue their offseason programs May 18, either on a virtual basis or via an on-field format if all 32 team facilities have been reopened.

If club facilities do not reopen during the offseason program, teams will be allowed to conduct a mandatory veteran minicamp on a virtual basis, with limits of two hours of classroom time and two hours of workout time. Other than the mandatory veteran minicamp, the rest of the offseason program is voluntary—as is the case every year.

The agreement also requires all offseason programs to end by June 26.