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NFL informs clubs offseason programs can begin on April 19

...whether that means virtual or in-person remains to be seen.

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NFL owners are participating in virtual owners meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday, and we have already begun to see information about the 2021 offseason trickling out.

Here’s the latest from NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero:

In a normal offseason, phase one would translate to the first two weeks of the program, with activities limited to strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation only. Historically, phase one has been voluntary and should remain so.

As noted less than a week ago, the NFL and NFL Players Association have been having ongoing discussions regarding whether or not the league plans to move forward with in-person offseason activities after last year’s offseason included virtual organized team activities (OTAs) before finally meeting in person for training camp.

Pelissero’s reporting seems to be another indication that the owners would like to see this year’s offseasons get back to a level of normalcy (knowing Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, we can almost assume that would be his preference) — but for that to happen, they will have to come to an agreement with the players.