The NFL offseason is a roller coaster for most teams, especially the Buccaneers this year. It all started with Tom Brady retiring, then his subsequent return. Ali Marpet suddenly retiring. The tagging of wide receiver Chris Godwin, then his long-term extension. The retirement from coaching by Bruce Arians and the promotion of Todd Bowles to head coach. Add a trade, several signings and contract restructures to that and you get the picture. Never a dull moment.
The NFL announced the key offseason dates Friday, and the Bucs get an early jump.
NFL announces key offseason dates for Bucs: first day back for players is April 11, OTAs set for May 17-19, May 24-26, May 31-June 3; mandatory minicamp June 7-9.
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) April 1, 2022
The league divides this time of year into three phases. Phase is two weeks long and consists of meetings, strength and conditioning, and physical recovery. Phase two lasts three weeks and introduces individual and team drills for the first time, with any offensive vs defense matchups being done at a walk-through pace and no team offense vs team defense allowed. The final phase lasts four weeks and includes up to ten days of organized team practice activities. While additional team-oriented drills are permitted, they must remain contact-free.
Yes you read that right, we’re only a little over a week from seeing the new look Buccaneers under Bowles. Buckle up Bucs’ fans, there’s never a dull moment.
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