The draft is over, the undrafted free agents have been signed, we move on to the next step in the NFL offseason calendar. Up next for the Dallas Cowboys will be a set of OTAs and then a couple of minicamps. One minicamp for the team as a whole, and one just for the rookies.
The NFL released the schedules for all the teams. For the Cowboys it shakes out as follows:
OTA Offseason Workouts:
May 22-23, May 25, May 30, June 1-2, June 13-15
Don’t forget. we already know that Micah Parsons will miss some of the voluntary part of the schedule as he prepares for the rigors of full-time work at defensive end.
As a reminder, here are the requirements and rules, per the NFL, around the scheduling and implementation of these workouts.
As per Article 21 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, each club’s official, voluntary nine-week offseason program is conducted in three phases:
Phase One consists of the first two weeks of the program with activities limited to meetings, strength and conditioning, and physical rehabilitation only.
Phase Two consists of the next three weeks of the program. On-field workouts may include individual or group instruction and drills, as well as “perfect play drills,” and drills and plays with offensive players lining up across from offensive players and defensive players lining up across from defensive players, conducted at a walk-through pace. No live contact or team offense vs. team defense drills are permitted.
Phase Three consists of the next four weeks of the program. Teams may conduct a total of 10 days of organized team practice activity, or “OTAs”. No live contact is permitted, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills are permitted.
Article 22 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement stipulates that clubs may hold one mandatory minicamp for veteran players. This minicamp, noted below, must occur during either week three of week four of Phase Three of the offseason program.
Each club may hold a rookie football development program for a period of seven consecutive weeks, which in 2023 may begin on May 15. During this period, no activities may be held on weekends, with the exception of one three-day post-Draft rookie minicamp, which may be conducted on either the first or second weekend following the draft.