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New Orleans Saints Offseason Workout Schedule Announced

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First date on the calendar is less than three weeks away!

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The NFL has announced each team's workout program dates for 2016. Even though it feels like we just wrapped up the 2015 NFL season, the offseason workout schedule begins right around the corner.

To understand the NFL offseason workout schedule, here's the NFL's take:

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 strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation only.

Phase Two consists of the next three weeks of the program. On-field workouts may include individual player instruction and drills as well as team practice conducted on a "separates" basis. 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.

The New Orleans Saints begin the first day of offseason workouts on April 18th. That is less than three weeks away and less than two weeks before the 2016 NFL Draft.

OTA offseason workouts for the Saints span four different periods: May 24-26, May 31, June 1-2, and June 6-9.

Later that same month as the final OTA for the Saints, Mandatory Minicamp begins 5 days later from June 14-16.