NFL’s proposed timeline has rookies reporting as early as July 19

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Training camps open July 28, giving the league four weeks to strike a deal with the NFL Players Association for putting everyone back to work. Based on the league’s tentative timeline, however, the two sides have fewer than four weeks.

Per a league source, the NFL’s proposed calendar has rookies reporting for a coronavirus test on July 19, with rookie conditioning beginning two days later, on July 21. That same day, injured veterans would have their coronavirus test, with conditioning for injured veterans starting on July 23. Veterans would be tested for the virus on July 26, with veteran conditioning starting along with the launch of camp on July 28.

It’s all subject to negotiation with the union, however, and agreements will need to be made soon if that timeline has any chance of happening. As explained earlier this week, some teams won’t even try to bring anyone in before July 28, giving the work that needs to be done to prepare the facility for camp.

Regardless of how it plays out, it’s time for labor and management to start striking some deals, and there are plenty of issues over which to haggle. As a practical matter, they’re all tied together — no different than the many sticking points that get tossed into the same blender when negotiating a comprehensive labor deal.

10 responses to “NFL’s proposed timeline has rookies reporting as early as July 19

  1. When training camp begins are you going to write articles about how irresponsible all the players and coaches are being? Or will you be ok with it because the NFLPA gave it their blessing?

  2. I realize this is pretty much standard in the normal league off-season program, but this off-season is far from normal.

    Everything about this just feels wrong. Rookies who need to prove themselves are risking infection before everyone else as well as injured vets.

    I understand the lost revenue at stake for the league and the owners but who knows what happens to some of these young guys if there’s an outbreak in one of their training camps. Possible career enders? Death?

    What will it take for common sense to prevail?

  3. Good luck with that. COVID cases are spiking and it’s just going to get worse. The season will be shut down if it even starts.

  4. n July 23. Veterans would be tested on July 26, with veteran conditioning starting along with the launch of camp on July 28.It’s all subject to negotiation with the union, however, and agreements will need to be made soon if that timeline has any chance of happening.

  5. I don’t see a season happening this year, but wouldn’t you think they would have started working on a deal before now?

  6. Only if America listened to guidelines and rules and didn’t exercise their “rights” (when it was convenient for them)…The spikes are really only occurring in the US. Europe and Asian nations are almost back to normalcy with very few if any cases being reported. Businesses like the NFL that have an enormous amount of leverage due to the money they bring into the economy, will force restrictions to lift to allow their business to run. The cause for safety and health won’t even be a thought once the money starts flowing again.

  7. Mark that date. The Redskins had an epic draft on par with the Steelers draft in the early 70’s when they selected four future hall of famers. The League will note and long remember the day Chase Young, Antonio Gibson, Antonio Gandy Golden, and Charles entered. Pretty exciting day for the NFL and NFL fans.

  8. Yes, it’s best to send the rookies in first to test the waters. If anything bad happens to them, at least you haven’t gotten that attached to them yet.

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