Offseason program officially begins

Posted by Darren Urban on April 20, 2014 – 5:44 pm

The new collective bargaining agreement from 2011 changed and redirected several elements of NFL teams’ offseason programs, one of which being fewer days for the team to officially work together. The Cardinals have had a handful of players use the team facility to work out the last few weeks, but they couldn’t interact with coaches and they couldn’t get the official workout program of new strength and conditioning coach Buddy Morris.

That changes Monday, when the Cardinals are allowed to begin their workout program (along with the rest of the league, save for the teams with new head coaches who could begin April 7.) It bears repeating — and emphasizing, the NFL Players Association would certainly say — that this is only voluntary work. In fact, the only mandatory work of the entire offseason is the minicamp June 10-12, which includes Fan Fest at University of Phoenix Stadium June 10. The rest can be skipped if a player so chooses — although after covering this for 15 years, it’s not a surprise to see most players take part in most if not all of the voluntary work, especially when organized team activities start.

Certainly, a glance at Twitter Sunday saw more than a few Cardinals making note of their trek back to Arizona, undoubtedly for the introduction to Buddy classes that will take place Monday:

Not everyone will be there Monday, nor should they be expected to be. But there were quite a few guys trickling in last week already, and I’d think there will be a big group Monday. We’ll have more on tomorrow.

— While the players are getting started, the front office and coaches continue to head toward the draft. The bulk of the draft meetings were completed last week as everyone discussed, broke down and haggled about the dozens of pro prospects. Speaking of that, don’t forget the Cardinals Spring Tailgate event is coming Thursday. Click here for more details, but part of the celebration (which helps kick off the Big Red Rib and Music Festival out on the Great Lawn) is a one-hour televised special featuring GM Steve Keim, VP Michael Bidwill and coach Bruce Arians, as well as Tyrann Mathieu and Jared Veldheer. Tweet a question for anyone on the panel — using the hashtag #CardsTailgate — and if the question is used, you will win an autographed mini-helmet.

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15 Responses to “Offseason program officially begins”

  1. By Cliff on Apr 20, 2014 | Reply

    I’m excited already and we are a few months away! My seat at U of P stadium is waiting!

  2. By ored on Apr 20, 2014 | Reply

    good to hear the draft plans are almost set,getting stoked…1st 3 picks=3 starter quality players+surprises 4,5,6.

  3. By lolo on Apr 20, 2014 | Reply

    And so it begins….

  4. By Coach K on Apr 20, 2014 | Reply

    Let’s Get-R-Done boys!

  5. By carlo milano on Apr 21, 2014 | Reply

    Is very disrespectfull the dockett avatar.
    There is nothing to joke with some terrible disease.
    Talking about player being models for childrens and then u see this immaturity and stupidity.

  6. By louis on Apr 21, 2014 | Reply

    we will miss the playoffs again sorry i know the cards very will they won’t draft will to ge t very good players like seattle and 49ers and coaches.

  7. By br on Apr 21, 2014 | Reply

    Did new staffs (ie Cardinals staff last yr) get that much extra time to work with the team or do they get more time because they pushed the draft back this year, just curious (or nosey!) LOL.
    Also, do you expect FA visits/signings to be relatively quite for the Cards until after the draft and right before camp opens??
    I realize we probably wouldnt be signing alot of free agents, other than undrafted rookie free agents, but hey I’m going out of my mind waiting for the draft, and typing dumb questions for you is very therapeutic!! 🙂

  8. By Darren Urban on Apr 21, 2014 | Reply

    br —

    RE: New staffs

    No. New staffs always get started two weeks earlier, per CBA.

  9. By D on Apr 21, 2014 | Reply

    A few $250k work out bonuses at stake….If what Peter King says maybe true, imagine the scene the first day A.J McCarren who is drafed in round 2 by AZ meets DD at the facility…Darren you would need to be there for the photo…

  10. By mrpeary3189 on Apr 21, 2014 | Reply

    This is the first time in a long time that I’m actually excited for the Cardinals season.

  11. By azqfan on Apr 21, 2014 | Reply

    Darren, I have not seen anything about training camp this year. I assume it will be in Glendale again?

  12. By Darren Urban on Apr 21, 2014 | Reply

    azq —

    RE: Training camp

    Nothing official on camp yet but I expect it to be at the stadium again, yes.

  13. By red c monster on Apr 21, 2014 | Reply

    @ Louis, go be a niner or seahawk fan then. we dont need ya

  14. By Andy Kw on Apr 21, 2014 | Reply

    RB Ryan Williams, impress us during preseason and training camp. Not all of us Cardinals’ fans have lost hope in you. If you can prove to us this season that you can be the in the line back, we fans will be happy. Make us proud

  15. By clssylssy on Apr 22, 2014 | Reply

    At last…the offseason program is underway with voluntary participation by the majority of players!!! Pushing back the draft and messing with the calendar (why again…to “even” events out effecting ratings???) has resulted in an inordinately long dry spell of relevant news for fans and subsequent burnout on mock drafts.
    While reading that some high profile players are sitting out OTAs, minicamps, and conditioning programs, it makes me proud that we have a group of men who are ready to get after it and are hungry to get back on the field. There is something in the air this year that feels like confidence and victory and it’s not because we are hosting major NFL events like the Probowl and SB. Everybody in the football world knows the Cards played good enough to have been in the playoffs last season and I’m of the belief that leaving the table a little hungry and disappointed last season will only strengthen our resolve to be more victorious this year. We’ve had an excellent FA and I can’t wait to see how BA/Keim fill out the roster after the draft. Looks like everybody is ready to win now, and the Birdgang needs to start gearing up to let others know the 12th man doesn’t have a permanent residence in Seattle! Let’s GET’R DONE!

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