The National Football League has now announced the dates for the offseason activities following the 2021 NFL draft. The program is broken down into three phases per Article 21 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Phase One will take place from April 19-May 14, four weeks this year instead of two. Any activities must be limited to strength and conditioning, virtual meetings, and physical rehabilitation only.
Phase Two starts on May 17 and lasts just one week this offseason. The following is allowed per the NFL this year:
On-field workouts may include individual player instruction and drills, “perfect play” drills, drills and plays conducted with offensive players lining up across from offensive players and defensive players lining up across from defensive players, with each group permitted to align eleven or fewer players across from eleven or fewer players. Players on one side of the ball may execute a play, but players on the opposite side of the ball may not initiate contact with, or attempt to impede the progress of, players who are running the play. All such drills must be conducted at an acceptable walkthrough pace (i.e. Pro Bowl practice).
Phase Three will be conducted over four weeks, from May 24-June 18. The following activities are allowed in the final phase.
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.
Finally, each club is allowed to hold one mandatory minicamp for veteran players – which must occur during Phase Three of the offseason program – and one rookie minicamp, held over either the first or second weekend following the draft.
Here are the offseason program dates for the Seahawks:
Rookie Minicamp: May 14-16
OTA Workouts: May 24, May 26-27, June 1, June 3-4, June 7-10
Mandatory Minicamp: June 15-17
In light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Seattle’s players have already announced they won’t be participating in in-person, voluntary activities.