Thursday, April 28, 2011, 1:30 p.m.
By Ryan OHalloran
The NFL notified its teams today that a mini-launch of the league year will start Friday at 8 a.m., when players will be allowed to use their clubs headquarters and begin communicating with coaches.
In a statement to the team, the league also said a comprehensive set of procedures governing transactions will be distributed likely tomorrow. This includes free agency, trades of players under contract, terminations and tryouts.
The statement laid out eight conditions:
Players can use club facilities for physical examinations, rehabilitation and treatment.
Clubs can distribute playbooks, game film and similar materials.
Coaches can meet with players to discuss the playbooks in addition to the teams off-season workout program and mini-camp and organized team activity schedules.
OTAs and off-field meetings may begin, with the players being paid 130 per day if he fulfills the clubs reasonable off-season requirements.
Players can use the team facility to work out on his own on days when there isnt an OTA scheduled but there can be no supervision by any club employee. The player must also have his medical insurance active.
Mandatory and voluntary mini-camps may begin.
The league office will make arrangements to resume counseling, rehabilitation and treatment in connection with substance abuse. Testing will also begin when the clubs are advised.
Players may participate in club-sponsored charitable and community relations events.