The NFL players have to be thrilled with the safety and health precautions that are in the new potential labor agreement.
--Reducing the off-season program by five weeks, reducing OTAs from 14 to 10.
--Limiting on-field practice time and contact.
---Limiting full-contact practices in the preseason and regular season.
---Increasing number of days off for players.
--Opportunity for current players to remain in the player medical plan for life.
That means players will be at the team facility a lot less and be able to rest their bodies.
"One of the things that we need is time away," said one player. "It's what we've always wanted. They kept pushing and pushing. This is about taking care of the players."
The coaches might not be happy, but one coach I talked to about the cut-down of the off-season said it really will not be that big a deal.
"We've been expanding it all the time," the coach said. "Maybe we've pushed too hard. Maybe this will be a good thing."
I tend to agree.