Like a number of teams before them, the Chargers’ domino has fallen and owner Dean Spanos has announced that the team will adjust travel and work schedules to help in the fight to limit the spread of COVID-19. Starting tomorrow, only “operationally critical staff” will be allowed into the facilities while other will begin working from home. Travel and plans for coaches and scouts will also be adjusted in preparation for the new league year and free agency which is still set to begin next Wednesday, March 18th.
Chargers take precautions amid coronavirus concerns. Statement from team owner Dean Spanos pic.twitter.com/ELsvEjHEnE— Gilbert Manzano (@GManzano24) March 12, 2020
Inevitably, this was going to happen. It’s going to be very interesting how the teams go about free agency and potentially the entire 2020 NFL Draft if things do not get better in a hurry. Free agents are usually traveling all over the country visiting potential suitors and it looks like most of these meetings will now be held virtually. The toughest part is going to be getting players in for physicals, which obviously play a huge role in agreeing to sign a new player.
As far as the NFL draft goes, maybe they will have to mimic what the XFL just did and announce their picks via social media. What a bummer, though. I’m the draft being held in Las Vegas was going to be something to remember, but bigger things are here and their out of our hands. Let’s just hope for a safe few weeks and maybe we can put this all behind us sooner rather than later.