Offseason Team Activities Delayed Indefinitely

In a memo to NFL teams, the league announced that offseason team activities have been delayed indefinitely (via ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Twitter). The league has also imposed some subtle changes to the free agent process.

In regards to OTAs, the league’s memo stated that “[t]he league and the NFLPA will continue to monitor the developing situation and follow the guidance of medical and public health professionals, including their respective medical advisors to determine an appropriate state date for such activities and other related considerations.”

The NFL also announced that free agency will still open on March 18th at 4pm. While teams and free agents are allowed to agree to contracts during this period, the NFL has requested that “clubs may not bring any free agent player, including their own, to a club facility or other location to meet with club personnel.”

Further, “club personnel, including members of the club medical staff, may not travel to any location to meet with a free agent player.”

As the memo notes, players and teams can still agree on whether a free agent will undergo a physical in “the player’s home city of other nearby location.” A team could “refrain from signing a player until the player either undergoes a neutral physical exam or the restrictions are lifted.”

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