While the majority of professional sports leagues have been put on hold due to health concerns, the NFL continues to carry on with free agency. However, there’s no guarantee that OTAs will take place this offseason.
Right now, the NFL has to focus on the upcoming draft and how it wants to handle that event. Once the dust settles from the draft, the league will need to figure out when teams can begin working out together.
Baltimore Ravens president Dick Cass recently discussed the chances of teaming holding OTAs this year. Let’s just say that he’s not too optimistic about it happening.
Cass made it clear that he doesn’t think NFL teams will have OTAs this May. He’s not making any guarantees about when teams will be allowed to return to their normal schedule, but he’s hopeful that training camp will not be delayed.
Here’s what Cass said about OTAs, via the Ravens’ official site:
“I just don’t think the OTAs are going to happen at all. I hope I’m wrong. I’m hoping we can get some players in (the facility) in June, but I’m sort of doubtful of that. The next big date for the players of course will be the opening of training camp. We’re all hopeful that will not be delayed.”
This is a reasonable breakdown from Cass.
Unless there’s a complete shift in the recent medical data, the likelihood is that teams will not be ready to hold OTAs in two months from now.
Coaches around the league should brace for a delayed start to their offseason workout programs.