NFL wants later combine, draft

NFL wants later combine, draft
March 28, 2013, 2:15 am
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Under a proposed new league calendar, some of the Ravens could have at least basked in the glory of their Super Bowl victory a bit longer before departing the team.

The NFL wants to alter the off-season schedule, delaying the Scouting Combine, free agency and the draft. Under the proposal sent to the players union, the combine would happen in March instead of February, the beginning of free agency would get pushed about a month to early April and the draft would shift to May from April.

One of the things the new schedule would do is allow for regional combines to build into the big one at Indianapolis. But the NFL Players Association doesn’t like the way the proposed calendar delays free agency, NFL.com reports, “leaving those players in limbo for longer.”

And Pro Football Talk suggests another reason players shouldn’t like the proposal.

“With the annual league meetings occurring during the second half of March, the teams would have one last concentrated opportunity to compare notes on the desire market at the various positions,” Mike Florio writes.

You can call it a simple exchange of information. The NFLPA would call it collusion. The NFL does tend to get its way, though, so let’s see how much haggling goes on before it can implement this new calendar.