The NFL is kicking around a concept that will push the beginning of the offseason a few weeks. Translation: the Combine would be conducted in March, free agency pushed to April and the Draft into May.
According to ESPN’s John Clayton….
The plan must be approved by the NFL Players Association, but the league already is pushing it aggressively, meeting on the issue most recently — but not exclusively — Thursday night in Indianapolis, where the NFL scouting combine is being held.
Under the proposal, all NFL teams also would kick off training camp on the same summer day, making it the official launch of the football season.
The idea is to lengthen the NFL offseason and make sure football is relevant during a longer offseason period with one big event in each month. It also would create a new revenue stream for the NFL, with each event producing added money for the league.
Money. Of course. What else could be the driver of this proposal? Logistically, teams could care less what the deadlines are. They will always adapt. Fans will, too. The NFL talks and we all listen. We are truly a captive audience.
Personally, this does not bother me one bit.