Any Chiefs player that was hoping they could wait a little longer before getting in shape is going to be sorely disappointed, as the NFL has alerted teams that their facilities are to be open starting 8am ET on Friday morning. Here are the other notes from the league’s release:
- Clubs are free to contact players immediately to advise them of the hours that the facility will be open for their use, to schedule medical and rehabilitation activity, and to arrange meetings with coaches or related activity, such as film study or classroom work.
- Clubs will be permitted to distribute playbooks, game film and other similar materials to players.
- Coaches may meet with players for the purpose of discussing any materials distributed to players under item 2 above, as well as the club’s off-season workout program, its schedule of mini-camps, Organized Team Activities (“OTAs”), and other similar matters.
- Voluntary off-season workout programs, including OTAs and classroom instruction, may begin.
- Mandatory and voluntary mini-camps may begin.
It’s not the way most of figured we would eventually get to the “normal” offseason activities, but who cares… it’s football! This is a great first step — the announcement on free agency coming tomorrow is an even better second step — towards guaranteeing that we get a full season of football in 2011.
This is the best thing for everyone as the league can operate under the 2010 guidelines while both sides (again) work towards a new CBA. With the lesson (hopefully) learned after the mess that has been this offseason, here’s hoping negotiations resume in earnest starting today and not next year after the Super Bowl.
In a lot of ways, these first workouts will seem a lot like the ones Todd Haley held after being hired. He will get to see who has been staying in shape and which ones were enjoying their extended vacation a little too much.