NFL officials aren’t going to let something like a pandemic stop them.
On Sunday, the league announced that the free-agency signing period will commence as scheduled on Wednesday at 4 p.m. The NFL followed that up on Monday with another announcement that next month’s draft also will proceed on April 23-25, though with some major modifications.
The draft was supposed to be held in Las Vegas in front of thousands of fans. In a statement Monday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced that all public draft events in Vegas have been canceled. He said the league is exploring "innovative options'' for how the process will work this year in the midst of the coronavirus crisis, but it won’t be held in front of a crowd.
“This decision reflects our foremost priority -- the health and safety of all fans and citizens,” Goodell said.