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NFL owners are in Boston this week for the league’s spring meeting, which kicked off yesterday.
One of the possible topics of discussion, besides deciding which cities will host Super Bowls L and LI, is a potential change to the league year calender. A very major change.
Adam Schefter tweeted some inside info yesterday about how the NFL may adjust the off-season schedule.
NFL and NFLPA are on verge of pushing back draft to May and moving up start of league year to before combine, per sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 20, 2013
Ian Rapoport reports that the league is looking at May 15th as a possible start day for the 2014 NFL Draft.
Moving the start of the league year to before the combine means free agency beginning around mid-February, unless they also plan on moving the combine back. Which means the action starts shortly after the Super Bowl.
And with the draft pushed back to May, the major off-season milestones would be more spaced out, shortening that “dead” period in the summer when absolutely nothing happens and thus making the off-season instantly feel a little quicker and a little less boring. It also gives everyone a little extra time to focus on the draft once the initial free agency frenzy quiets.
I like it. I like it a lot. I’m all for it. Let’s make this happen. It’s a big change, obviously, but it would certainly make things more enjoyable for the die-hard fans. It would also make the off-season a little more bearable as a blogger.
Put it up for vote and get that motion passed.
The 49ers will be a popular Super Bowl pick in 2013. But supporters should take note of a few key factors working against the team.
The Bucs kicked off OTAs today with their first full-squad practice of the offseason, and there was no shortage of news to report.
Forum: Saints News
Posted By: mvtrucking
Post Time: 05-20-2013 at 07:34 PM
The New Orleans Saints are going to switch veteran defensive end Will Smith to outside linebacker on Tuesday when the team opens up OTA’s.
The Saints are converting to a 3-4 scheme under new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. Smith will be expected to rush the passer like always from his new position.
“Look, Will’s a really good football player,” general manager Mickey Loomis said, according to Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “We’ll find a place for Will to be playing, but I think ideally it would be outside linebacker. I think that’s where we see him and that’s where he’ll start out in camp. And look, I expect the same things that we’ve gotten out of him that we’ve gotten in the past which is really a high level of play.”
Smith took a big pay cut to remain with the Saints this offseason and that could be because he realized the market would be soft for a veteran on the back side of his career. There will be a lot of talk about him moving