Despite being nearly a year into the pandemic, and by the time the summer rolls around, 18 months in, the NFLPA is anticipating having the same virtual offseason as they did in 2020. NFLPA union leader DeMaurice Smith said today he’s expecting the 2021 offseason to look very similar to 2020. Meaning, virtual workouts with rookie minicamps and OTAs cancelled.
The league has already begun making offseason adjustments. Yesterday, they officially announced there won’t be a centralized NFL Combine in Indianapolis. Instead, draft season will be spread out among Pro Days and regional combine workouts. Until now, the NFL Combine was the last event untouched by the pandemic, occurring weeks before the virus outbreak began in the United States.