Saints' offseason workout program begins April 17

Posted April 04, 2017

The NFL announced offseason workout program dates for all 32 teams on Monday afternoon, and the New Orleans Saints kick things off two weeks from today on April 17. That punishment included the forfeiture of the Seahawks' first week of 2017 OTAs - which amounted to three OTA days - along with a fifth-round pick and fines totaling $600,000.

Clubs can change the dates, but per the National Football League the Bengals will hold its organized training activities (OTA) workouts on May 23-25, May 30 through June 1 and June 5-8.

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Activities are limited to strength and conditioning and rehabilitation for the first two weeks. Dates for rookie minicamps will be set later.

It's a nine-week offseason program that is broken up in three phases by the NFL CBA.

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Phase Two consists of three weeks of on-field workouts that can include individual player instruction and drills as well as team practices conducted on a "separates" basis.

Phase Three consists of the next four weeks of the program. However, no live contact is allowed, but this is where we begin to see the 7-on-7, 9-on-9 and full 11-on-11 drills and practices. There can be no live contact and the offense and defense cannot practice or drill together. Article 22 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement stipulates that clubs may hold one mandatory minicamp for veteran players. Mandatory Minicamp follows the same rules as OTAs, with the only difference being that teams may fine players for missing minicamp, while OTAs are voluntary.

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