After the Denver Broncos were crowned Super Bowl Champions in early February, came the NFL Combine which is soon followed by the Yearly NFL Draft at the end of April.  This means a lot of down time for the players, which is why the NFLPA negotiated hard on behalf of the players for a longer ‘Off Season’ to gather more down time and allow players bodies to heal both physically and mentally.

Off season for several players means spending time with family, loved ones and possibly traveling if not rehabbing.  But every year brings something different.  In some cases breaking news of multiple arrests for drugs, guns, assault and player suspensions.  While the NFL celebrates the announcement of the next Pro Football Hall of Fame Class and the naming of the future Super Bowl host cities, some players find too much time on their hands.  Teams dealing with player issues is nothing new, it’s become disturbing and gives the NFL, it’s organizations along with player families a black eye and yet the embarrassment continues each and every year.  The question remains, do NFL players have too much time on their hands?

3/6/2016              L.A. Rams            RB           Tre Mason          Arrested for reckless driving and marijuana possession in Hollywood, Florida.

3/4/2016              Baltimore            LB           Terrell Suggs      Arrested for leaving the scene of an accident and driving on a suspended license following a single-car accident in the Phoenix suburb of Scottsdale.

2/28/2016            Houston               WR         Jaelen Strong    Arrested for marijuana possession in Scottsdale, Ariz.

2/17/2016            Indianapolis        OL           Jonathan Newsome       Arrested on charges of marijuana possession in Zionsville, Indiana.  Cut by team.

2/13/2016            Denver                 DB          Shiloh Keo          Arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in Ada County, Idaho.

2/5/2016              New England     RB           Montee Ball       Arrested after an argument with his girlfriend at a downtown Madison hotel. He was charged with disorderly conduct and misdemeanor battery for allegedly striking the woman on the face.  Cut by team Feb. 9.

 

Voluntary offseason workout programs are intended to provide training, teaching and physical conditioning for all players under contract. These workouts stretch for 9 weeks and is broken down in the following segments:

Segment 1:  First two weeks are limited to strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation only.

Segment 2:  Next three weeks of on-field workouts including individual player instruction and drills as well as team practice conducted on a “separates” basis.  Absolutely no “live contact” or offensive vs. defensive drills are permitted.

Segment 3:  Next four weeks teams may conduct 10 days of organized team activities, or “OTAs”. No live contact is permitted, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills are permitted during this segment.

Data provided by NFL Communications; Head coaches hired after the end of the 2015 season are entitled to conduct an additional voluntary veteran minicamp.  Any voluntary minicamp for veteran players must be conducted prior to the NFL Draft (April 28-30), but no earlier than week three of the club’s offseason workout program and after at least one week of the two weeks of Phase One activities that the clubs may hold pursuant to Article 21. This year, six clubs will hold voluntary veteran minicamps, as noted below.

Each club may hold a rookie football development program for a period of seven weeks, which in 2016 may begin on May 9. During this period, no activities may be held on weekends, with the exception of one post-NFL Draft rookie minicamp, which may be conducted on either the first or second weekend following the draft. The dates of the post-draft rookie minicamps will be circulated at a later date.

The NFL Club Offseason Workout calendars

ARIZONA                      First Day:                                     April 18

OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 17-19, May 24-26, May 31, June 1-3

Mandatory Minicamp:                June 7-9

 

ATLANTA                     First Day:                                      April 18

OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 23-24, May 26, May 31, June 1, June 3, June 6-9

Mandatory Minicamp:                June 14-16

 

 

BALTIMORE                 First Day:                                     April 18

OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 24-26, June 1-3, June 6-9

Mandatory Minicamp:                June 14-16

 

BUFFALO                     First Day:                                     April 18

OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 23-24, May 26, May 31, June 1, June 3, June 6-9

Mandatory Minicamp:                June 14-16

 

CAROLINA                   First Day:                                     April 25

OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 24-26, May 31, June 1-2, June 6-9

Mandatory Minicamp:                June 14-16

 

 

CHICAGO                     First Day:                                     April 18

OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 24-26, June 1-3, June 6-9

Mandatory Minicamp:                June 14-16

 

CINCINNATI                  First Day:                                    April 18

OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 24-26, May 31, June 1-2, June 6-9

Mandatory Minicamp:                June 14-16

 

CLEVELAND                First Day:                                      April 4

OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 17-19, May 24-26, May 31, June 1-2

Voluntary Minicamp:                  April 19-22

Mandatory Minicamp:                June 7-9

 

DALLAS                       First Day:                                     April 18

OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 24-26, May 31, June 1-2, June 6-8

Mandatory Minicamp:                June 14-16

 

 

DENVER                       First Day:                                     April 18

OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 24-26, May 31, June 1-2, June 13-16

Mandatory Minicamp:                June 7-9

 

 

DETROIT                      First Day:                                     April 18

OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 24-26, May 31, June 1-2, June 6-9

Mandatory Minicamp:                June 14-16

 

 

GREEN BAY                 First Day:                                     April 18

OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 24-26, May 31, June 1-2, June 6-9

Mandatory Minicamp:                June 14-16

 

 

HOUSTON                    First Day:                                  April 18

OTA Offseason Workouts:       May 23-24, May 26, May 31, June 1-2,June 6-7, June 9-10

Mandatory Minicamp:                   June 14-16

 

 

INDIANAPOLIS             First Day:                                   April 18

OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 17-19, May 24-26, May 31, June 1-3

Mandatory Minicamp:                June 7-9

 

 

JACKSONVILLE           First Day:                                  April 18

OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 23-24, May 26, May 31, June 2-3,June 6-7, June 9-10

Mandatory Minicamp:                June 14-16

 

 

KANSAS CITY              First Day:                                      April 18

OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 24-26, May 31, June 1-2, June 7-10

Mandatory Minicamp:                June 14-16

 

 

LOS ANGELES             First Day:                                      April 18

OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 31, June 1, June 3, June 7-8, June 10

Mandatory Minicamp:                June 14-16

 

 

 

 

MIAMI                          First Day:                                      April 11

OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 24-26, May 31, June 1-2, June 6-9

Voluntary Minicamp:                  April 26-28

Mandatory Minicamp:                June 14-16

 

MINNESOTA             First Day:                                      April 18

OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 24-26, May 31, June 1-2, June 6-9

Mandatory Minicamp:                June 14-16

 

 

NEW ENGLAND        First Day:                                       April 18

OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 23-24, May 26, June 1-2, June 13-14, June 16

Mandatory Minicamp:                June 7-9

 

 

NEW ORLEANS            First Day:                                  April 18

OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 24-26, May 31, June 1-2, June 6-9

Mandatory Minicamp:                June 14-16

 

 

NEW YORK GIANTS     First Day:                                  April 11

OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 23-24, May 26, June 1-3, June 6-7, June 9-10

Voluntary Minicamp:                  April 26-28

Mandatory Minicamp:                June 14-16

 

NEW YORK JETS         First Day:                                  April 18

OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 24-26, May 31, June 1-2, June 6-9

Mandatory Minicamp:                June 14-16

 

OAKLAND                    First Day:                                  April 18

OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 24-26, May 31, June 1-2, June 6-9

Mandatory Minicamp:                June 14-16

 

PHILADELPHIA            First Day:                                  April 4

OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 17-19, May 24-26, May 31, June 1-3

Voluntary Minicamp:                  April 19-21

Mandatory Minicamp:                June 7-9

 

PITTSBURGH               First Day:                                  April 18

OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 24-26, May 31, June 1-2, June 6-9

Mandatory Minicamp:                June 14-16

 

 

SAN DIEGO                  First Day:                                  April 18

OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 23-25, May 31, June 1-2, June 6-9

Mandatory Minicamp:                June 14-16

 

 

SAN FRANCISCO         First Day:                                  April 4

OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 17-19, May 24-26, May 31, June 1-2

Voluntary Minicamp:                  April 26-28

Mandatory Minicamp:                June 7-9

 

SEATTLE                     First Day:                                  April 18

OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 23-24, May 26, May 31, June 1, June 3, June 6-7, June 9

Mandatory Minicamp:                June 14-16

 

TAMPA BAY                First Day:                                     April 11

OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 24-26, May 31, June 1-2, June 6-9

Voluntary Minicamp:                  April 26-28

Mandatory Minicamp:                June 14-16

 

TENNESSEE                First Day:                                  April 18

OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 24-26, May 31, June 1-2, June 6-9

Mandatory Minicamp:                June 14-16

 

 

WASHINGTON           First Day:                                  April 18

OTA Offseason Workouts:         May 24-26, May 31, June 1-2, June 6-9

Mandatory Minicamp:                June 14-16

While suspended players remain eligible for off season workouts, OTA’s (organized team activities) and all preseason games, it all starts with off-season workouts in April.

 

NFL Off Season Training schedules courtesy of NFL Communications