Teams pulling scouts, coaches from road, multiple prospect visits canceled
In response to the global coronavirus pandemic, several NFL teams have suspended travel for coaches and scouts, players are canceling workouts and college teams are deciding whether to still hold their respective Pro Days.
However, the NFL intends to start the new league year Wednesday, March 18, which means – for the time being, at least – the NFL Draft is still scheduled to be held April 23-25 in Las Vegas.
One event, though, has already been canceled, as the league announced Thursday afternoon that it would not hold its annual league meeting scheduled for March 29-April 1.
Washington was the first team to announce it had suspended travel for personnel. The team is also canceling its 30 pre-draft visits, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.
“Due to health and travel concerns surrounding COVID-19 we have informed all of our scouts and coaches that they must return to their home bases and travel will be suspended until further notice. The health and safety of our staff and players is our number one priority and we feel that these are the necessary precautions given the current circumstances.”
Other team news
- At least 11 teams have canceled prospect workouts (Source)
- Player visits, workouts, pro days: Agent Mike McCartney says he’s strongly recommending against travel for his clients (Source)
- Cleveland: reducing travel for scouts and coaches (Source)
- Miami: suspended travel for scouts and coaches (Source)
- Minnesota: suspended travel for scouts and coaches (Source)
- New York Giants: removed all coaches and scouts from the road (Source)
- New York Jets: removed all coaches and scouts from the road (Source)
- Philadelphia: closing its facility on Thursday (Source)