On Monday, 19 NFL teams will begin Phase Three of their offseason program. The rest of them — including the Kansas City Chiefs — will start Phase Three on Tuesday.
Under 2021’s modified offseason rules and schedule, here’s what’s allowed during this part of the program.
Phase Three (May 24-June 18) remains its customary four weeks in length. Beginning in Phase Three, clubs may conduct in-person meetings and classroom instruction subject to COVID-19 testing cadence, tracking, facility access and other protocols. During Phase Three, teams may conduct a total of 10 days of organized team practice activity, or “OTAs”. No live contact is permitted, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills are permitted.
The Chiefs will conduct their 10 voluntary OTA sessions on these dates:
- May 25-27 (Tuesday through Thursday)
- June 1-3 (Tuesday through Thursday)
- June 8-11 (Tuesday through Friday)
The Chiefs will conduct the final week of Phase Three — their three-day mandatory minicamp — beginning on Tuesday, June 15.
When Phase Two of the offseason program began last Monday, it was reported that 81 players — 90% of the roster — had reported for the voluntary sessions.
The NFL Players’ Association has organized attempts for players to boycott this offseason’s voluntary team activities. Players from 19 teams — not including the Chiefs — have issued statements supporting the boycott, which the players’ union says is to protect its members from potential exposure to the coronavirus. Some teams have been reported to have lower participation rates than the Chiefs, who enjoy one of the league’s highest percentages of players with workout bonuses in their contracts.