The Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NFL and the NFLPA (players’ union) has had some positive impacts.
On the other hand, some of the rules have had some negative results as well. Once a team ends its season there is a no contact period with players until the 3rd week of April or the first week of April if your team has hired a new coach.
For some players, that will mean three months of no contact. This non-contact rule, which includes any form of communication, was the players’ idea. At the time, it seemed like an idea that had sound reasoning.
As with many things, you can gain a better perspective over time.
NFLPA Non-Contact Period
Impact on Veteran Players
Not considered detrimental to the seasoned veteran who has solidified his roster spot and role on the team. These are the players who form the nucleus of the team. (We are talking about 6-10 players on each team.)
They have reached a high level of success and established themselves as the team’s stars.
- In their case, three months to take needed time off to heal and re-energize is important.
- It is also beneficial because most of these players have the finances to hire a personal trainer who knows the specific needs of the player.
- It can be strength, flexibility, and conditioning in nature or relate to his specific positional techniques.
- This is a positive outcome of the rule.
Impact on Rookies
The players who are not established as proven players are being hindered in their desire to improve their skill set.
- This is a three-month period they could voluntarily work with their coaches on the understanding, processing and digesting the playbook.
- It is a time also to view video to grow in understanding concepts and opponents’ tendencies.
- They could work with coaches on exercising, educating and refining specific actions necessary for their position.
To help all the players who want to spend time at the facility improving, it might be a good idea to compromise and allow anyone with four years or less of accrued seasons, the opportunity to train with their team.
This would benefit the majority of the players, not just the few.