The NFL is known for its extreme offseason schedule, but the NFL Players Association has been less restrained in its approach to its players.
With so much to do and so many things to do, players have been scrambling to find ways to get things done.
With the season set to begin on Sept. 15, here are five things players are doing to get done this offseason.
Packing up the NFL.
The league announced in September that players would be allowed to leave their home cities and go on vacation for the season.
They are required to do so before the end of the season, and the league also announced a ban on travel.
In response, players are taking advantage of the NFL’s weekend vacation option to pack up their home stadiums and head home.
NFL teams are allowed to spend up to $1 million in free agency on players, so the league has already committed $6.6 million in new spending over the next three weeks.
Players are also allowed to take time off from their games, though they are prohibited from working or participating in any organized team activities during the offseason.
Players have been taking advantage.
“We have been trying to do what we can to minimize the time players have spent away from the game,” said Michael Vick, who spent the entire season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“But we will continue to do everything we can and we will do it in a way that gives our players the best opportunity to maximize their talent.”
Moving on from the Browns.
The Browns have had a tumultuous offseason, and their offseason plans were no different.
They made a big splash in free Agency by signing quarterback Josh McCown, who they acquired with a second-round pick from the Jets.
McCown is one of the best quarterbacks in the league, and he will take the next step as the starter in Cleveland.
He will be the Browns’ starting quarterback in 2016, but they will have to decide whether to let him take over for a veteran like Matt Schaub or try to find a backup.
Picking a quarterback.
The team has already made the decision to start Derek Carr as the quarterback for the 2016 season, but he has been under pressure from his teammates.
According to the team, Carr is “a quarterback in the mold of Tom Brady.”
The team will be forced to choose between Carr and Andrew Luck, who is the Colts’ starting signal-caller this season.
The Colts’ quarterback situation could come down to who can handle the pressure of a big-name quarterback who will have plenty of competition for playing time.
“It will be up to us,” said Colt McCoy, the Colts quarterback.
“I know that our guys have been working hard all offseason.
We know that we have a lot of guys who are in our building.
We have a good foundation in place.
I’m sure the coaching staff is doing a great job.
We are in good shape right now.
We will be ready for anything that happens.”
Taking a deep breath.
In the last offseason, players were also encouraged to take some time to take a deep breather, especially in the midst of a lockout.
“In our building, the players are getting some of the biggest and best training camps of any team in the NFL,” said Matt Maiocco, the head of player personnel for the Philadelphia Eagles.
“The guys are out there working their tails off every day to make sure they get their conditioning back and their mental strength back and the guys are getting their body in the right shape to be ready when they come back.
It’s going to be really exciting to see all of the guys come back out here and compete.”
The Eagles have been a team that has been able to make the playoffs each of the last three seasons, so there is no reason for the Eagles to take this approach this offseason, especially with the new collective bargaining agreement in place, which will give teams more leverage to bargain in the future.
Taking time off to think about retirement.
There is some speculation that the Browns will let former quarterback Josh McDaniels leave in 2018 and have him take his talents to the Carolina Panthers, but that seems unlikely.
According the Browns website, McDaniel has been working as an advisor for the NFL, and they are hopeful that the former quarterback can make it to Carolina.
“Josh McDaniles dedication to his craft is unmatched, and his ability to help others is just as impressive,” said Joe Banner, the Browns president and CEO.
“His commitment to our players and our fans is unparalleled, and we are confident that he will be a valuable asset for our organization moving forward.”