For 25 NFL teams, the offseason is coming to an end with the beginning of voluntary workouts on either Monday or Tuesday. The other seven teams -- the organizations with new coaches -- were allowed to begin two weeks ago by rule of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Monday: Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens, Carolina Panthers, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, New York Giants, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Rams, San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks.
Tuesday: Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Oakland Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers and San Diego Chargers.
The offseason workouts will go as follows:
Phase One, first two weeks (four hours per day)
- Strength and conditioning
- No coaches (excluding strength coaches)
- Only allowed on field for 90 minutes
Phase Two, three weeks (four hours per day)
- Same as phase one, except coaches allowed to be on field
- No helmets
- No offense vs. defense or 1-vs-1
- Individual drills permitted
Phase Three, four weeks, (six hours per day)
- OTA's begin (total of 10)
- One week of mini-camp
- No shoulder pads; helmets allowed
- No live drills with contact for linemen and receivers/corners
- Team drills allowed
For many players, there are bonuses attached to showing up. Teams come into the year carrying those bonuses against their cap, according to Spotrac. This year, the bonus number comes out to $504,000. That figure will be removed and replaced by the actual figure paid out once the workouts are completed.
After the next couple of weeks, veterans will return home until June in most cases. The next gathering for teams will be rookie camp, which typically takes place at the end of May. Teams will then have everybody come back together for OTA's, which begin in June.