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Is A Significant Change Coming For The NFL Calendar?

Allison Joyce

Most NFL fans have the NFL's off-season schedule down pat. After the Super Bowl, we get the Scouting Combine in February, the start of free agency in March, the NFL Draft in late April, and then. . .a long, mostly dull period of OTAs and things of that nature until the start of Training Camp in July.

Well, according to a report from's Adam Schefter, the league appears to be on the verge of changing that. The NFL's Owners Meetings are taking place this week in Boston, and the first day appears to have produced what would be a pretty significant shifting of events.

The new proposal calls for, among other things, the NFL Draft to be moved to the month of May for the next three seasons. The report says that Commissioner Roger Goodell can move the date of the draft without having to get the go-ahead from the NFLPA, but he'd prefer that they be on board with the move. It sounds like the Players Association is close to giving their blessing on the matter.

Also on the table is the league moving the start of the league year to before the NFL Scouting Combine in 2015 and 2016. That means that free agency would kick off before the Combine as well, giving players more of an opportunity to find new teams.

I'm not quite sure what to make of this idea at this point. On one hand, I really enjoy the draft (as I know most of you do as well), and would hate to see it pushed back. On the other, it would cut down a bit on the dead period that I mentioned earlier in the piece here.

What do you think of the potential changes to the league schedule?