See that light in the distance, NFL fans? We’ve reached June, the final month of organized team workouts.
To this point, the workouts have been voluntary for veteran players.
However, each team is allowed one mandatory minicamp. And every team, with the exception of the Rams, will put their players through three days of compulsory work this month.
“I feel like we can get everything installed,” Rams head coach Jeff Fisher told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in May. “This is the second year in the system now, so we can get it installed. They deserve the break in mid-June.”
Five teams — the Browns, Chiefs, Eagles, Packers and Saints — are conducting mandatory minicamps this week. According to the collective bargaining agreement between players and owners, practices are to held Tuesday through Thursday, with Friday a day of rest. Players undergo team-administered physicals to begin the week Monday.
From a practice rules standpoint, mandatory minicamps are much like organized team practice activities (OTAs). In short, these are workouts, not training-camp practices or games.
“There will be no contact work (e.g., “live” blocking, tackling, pass rushing, bump-and-run) or use of pads (helmets permitted) at minicamps,” Article 22, Section Five of the CBA states.
Teams can conduct two-a-days twice in three days of minicamps. One of the practices must be a walk-through lasting a maximum of 60 minutes. The other, more-involved session can’t exceed 2.5 hours. All told, a player’s work day cannot exceed 10 hours.
Players can be fined up to $11,025 for missing the first day of minicamp, $22,050 for the second day missed and $33,075 for the third day missed. All told, a player can be fined a maximum of $66,150 for missing the workouts.