Even though the NFL pulled off their 2020 NFL Draft seemingly without a hitch, the release of all the 2020 club schedules may not go so smoothly. According to Ben Fischer of Sports Business Daily, as things stand, the league may have to postpone the release past its initial date of May 9.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who recently made an appearance on Brandon Marshall’s I AM ATHLETE podcast, said they are focused on the short term right now.
“We’re taking the short term and addressing the short term,” Goodell said. “As an example, we’ve already delayed offseason training camps. So our offseason work, we’ve delayed that at least through the month of April until we can figure out where we are more globally. But also making sure that we’re not gonna do that unless it’s safe for our players, our coaches and the other people that are involved.”
“... We’re trying to keep on schedule. We’re trying to keep moving forward with the business and the operations of football while being really sensitive to what people are going through and hopefully trying to provide, in some way, that inspiration, that hope, that the football season is gonna be here.”
Goodell noted that we will be taking a step back and plans to address the schedule release plans with fresh eyes this week.
This all isn’t terribly surprising. The draft had to happen for a plethora of reasons, but the release of the schedule isn’t nearly a necessity at this point in time. It’d be nice to see something concrete to make this upcoming season feel a bit more “real,” but I’m sure the NFL doesn’t want to put out a schedule where the first handful of events listed are likely to be postponed to some degree.
Now for some links.
Chris Hayre catches up with new Chargers RB Joshua Kelley (Chargers.com)
Hayley Elwood speaks with Tom Telesco following the 2020 NFL Draft (Chargers.com)
Gavino Borquez reports how the Chargers will receive a third-round compensatory pick in the 2021 draft (Chargers Wire)
Gavino Borquez lists three free agents who make sense for the Chargers to sign (Chargers Wire)
Mel Kiper pegs Kenneth Murray as one of his instant-impact rookies in 2020 (ESPN)
Bill Barnwell discusses players from all 32 teams who could be cut or traded in the near future (ESPN)
Dan Graziano highlights players from the 2017 draft class who could see their fifth-year options picked up (ESPN)
Megan Armstrong details how the NFL may wait to release 2020 schedules until after May 9th (Bleacher Report)
Darin Gantt reports the recent prediction of a return to sports from Dr. Anthony Fauci (Pro Football Talk)