Posted May 20, 2013

Report: NFL and NFLPA on verge of pushing draft to May, moving start of season up before scouting combine

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The NFL and NFLPA are close to changing the NFL's calendar year. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

The NFL and NFLPA are close to changing the NFL’s calendar year. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

The NFL and NFLPA are on the verge of pushing the NFL Draft back to May and moving the start of the league year to before the NFL Scouting Combine, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports. Both sides have had dialogue about resetting the league’s calendar in an attempt to create a year-long continuum.

The discussed proposal adjusts the current schedule to begin the NFL Scouting Combine in March and free agency at the beginning of April, with the draft taking place in May. The players and the NFLPA were allegedly stalling at the idea of having free agency being backed up, leaving players with uncertain futures.

According to Schefter, the NFL and NFLPA are close to putting these calendar changes in for the next three years.


30 comments
KeysSteven
KeysSteven

Better title and story would've been: "Report: NFL and NFLPA on verge of pushing (through HGH blood-testing for each & every NFL player on upcoming 2013-14 season, DeMaurice Smith proudly proclaims)." 

Dennis24
Dennis24

not worth it keep it the way it is.

DaleCrow
DaleCrow

This sounds like a precursor for expanding the schedule to 17-18 games. We know the league wants to reduce preseason and push the SB back to President's weekend, and this change  fits  perfectly. TV wants it badly, the NFL wants it badly, and most fans want it as well. Just have to get the players to accept it, and this is a huge step in that direction.

RaySexauer
RaySexauer

the nfl is dead. Thanks goodell you piece of sh*t for destroying the game

Wildcat85
Wildcat85

i like off seasons.  baseball is perfect - not going to talk about it.  basketball's september to june thing is too long.  aint nobody got time fodat.  september to january was nice.  a nice little "hey don't forget about us" around combine / draft time, maybe follow the home team a little during training camp, then do it all over again.  i really don't want year round of any sport.  there is such a thing as saturation.  

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Jeez, this just means two more months of 'mock drafts'.

Whatever
Whatever

The one benefit for current players by moving free agency back is that injured players would have more time to heal before looking for a new team. Otherwise, it doesn't really matter. The downside is that teams would have to pack OTAs and rookie camps in much closer to training camp.

JohnMatuszak
JohnMatuszak

cut the damn two weeks out between the championship game s and the SB, only have 1 week off

amolad
amolad

This is bordering on the ridiculous. Move the playoffs, move the Super Bowl--now move the draft?

All sports have a big problem now: if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

When you start doing things for tv money--or money in general--everything starts to fall apart.

JamesMartin
JamesMartin

let me understand this, Free Agency is going to be available before the draft now, is that a change? i dont follow it that close. if that is true, that will certainly change the way the draft goes for positive. That will shake it up and make the NFL even more interesting!

dahlqvist
dahlqvist

Does this have anything to do with May sweeps?

Michael39
Michael39

Doesn't that put the draft right around the time the draftees are busy studying for their finals?

mbradleyc
mbradleyc

Why would they do that?  That cuts into the time draftees can train with their new teams?

KeysSteven
KeysSteven

 @DaleCrow Maybe ("precursor"), but that "most fans want it as well," I can't get on board with that statement, unless you've got a Pew Research tally to cite.

Ciscos
Ciscos

 @DaleCrow Agreed. The hard sell (and I'm no fan of an 18 game schedule - even being two more games) is getting the players to buy off on it.  Personally, I think it's a pure money grab on the front and back end by the league, owners and broadcast media.  And since they look like they're going to go in that direction, they should increase the roster by four and the developmental squad by two.  That's a conservative number.

Ciscos
Ciscos

 @Rickapolis Yup. The pain, the agony, the torture of listening to Mel Kiper and listening to his big mouth and noticing his "big hair" never moves.  He must use extra strength Brill Creme. lol.

 

I agree with you.

doghockey
doghockey

 @amolad Uh, the NFL is a business, and making money is the goal of any business.   "if it ain't broke, don't fix it'?   That line is similar to "because that's the way we have always done things around here", and is one of the things that lead to businesses going backward not forward.    Doing things for money is what businesses do.  In fact if you work for one and they don't make any, it gets rather tough to write you a paycheck.

Ciscos
Ciscos

 @dahlqvist No. But they probably want to avoid anything related to March Madness.

donald5
donald5

 @mbradleyc They don't like the NFL dead period being so long.  From the draft to the beginning of training camp has been declared as too long of a period for the NFL brand name not to be front and center for the public.  By spacing the events out more evenly, the NFL marketing can maintain a constant public presence in the news cycle.  It's all about marketing.  That's the only real reason.  

Ciscos
Ciscos

 @doghockey  @RaySexauer I don't think Ray is overreacting. On the outside, it would appear to make sense, moving the combine forward, free agency afterward and the draft backwards.  However, what I see is more volatility in player "stability." Teams will have grounds to release players more often and frequently and make up for it in the draft. That's just me tho.  But it does make sense. 

 

I think the public perception of Goodell is dog waste high and he's earned every "stench" of it. 

RaySexauer
RaySexauer

 @doghockey  @amolad Then let them run their "business" on someone else's time and money. I'm done with the nfl. 

doublejtrain68
doublejtrain68

 @6marK6  @Michael39 No, there may be some truth to that. Some of them may be trying to finish up their degrees, and moving the draft up would take away from study time since their focus will be on combines, Pro Days, etc. 

6marK6
6marK6

 @donald5  @mbradleyc Does not shorten dead time that much. The dead time is the five months players have to wait to get drafted.

doghockey
doghockey

 @RaySexauer  Don't know why you felt the need to put business in quotes.  It's a real business, or at least was, until you quit.  Hopefully the folks at the league will dig deep and keep things going.

Whatever
Whatever

 @6marK6  @donald5  @mbradleyc No, the dead time is the time between the end of the season and training camp starting up. The draft breaks it up for a few days, maybe a week, and the scouting combine puts a couple of days of mostly useless information out there. You seem to forget that there are a bunch of free agents during that time, contracts to be renegotiated, players to be cut (salary dump or performance), retirements to be done and undone. It's not all about the draft or the college kids.