NFL players voted Sunday morning to approve the league's new collective bargaining agreement, which will mean 17-game regular seasons, 10 more years of labor peace, and an expanded playoff field of 14 teams.

On the player side of things, they will receive an increased minimum salary, increased benefits for active and former players, and more.

The deal was ratified by a vote of 1,019 to 959.

Shortly after news of the deal broke, the NFLPA released a statement.

"NFL players have voted to approve ratification of a new collective bargaining agreement by a vote tally of 1,019 to 959. The result comes after a long and democratic process in accordance with our constitution. An independent auditor received submitted ballots through a secure electronic platform, then verified, tallied and certified the results."

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell added in his own statement: 

"We are pleased that the players have voted to ratify the proposed new CBA, which will provide substantial benefits to all current and retired players, increase jobs, ensure continued progress on player safety, and give our fans more and better football. We appreciate the tireless efforts of the members of the Management Council Executive Committee and the NFLPA leadership, both of whom devoted nearly a year to detailed, good faith negotiations to reach this comprehensive, transformative agreement."

As ESPN's Dan Graziano points out, the 17-game season won't be played out until the 2021 season. However, the extend playoff format will be initiated this season. That will be fun to watch, as two extra teams will have a chance to play for the Lombardi Trophy in February each year. 

Also, in the short term, teams are not allowed to use both the franchise tag and transition tag moving forward -- it's one or the other. That could have an effect on what teams were thinking of doing with their offseason plans.

It has been tireless work on both the NFL's and NFLPA's sides to get this deal done, and though there were many players that didn't agree with it, a new CBA was ultimately agreed upon through the 2030 season. 

 
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Feb 25, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; New York Jets head coach Joe Douglas speaks to the media during the 2020 NFL Combine in the Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)
Feb 25, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; New York Jets head coach Joe Douglas speaks to the media during the 2020 NFL Combine in the Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)

If the Jets keep the No. 11 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the expectation is that they'll select an offensive lineman or wide receiver at that spot.

So prepare for Gang Green to land one of the "big four" linemen (if one or more remain) or a receiver such as Jerry Jeudy or CeeDee Lamb.

After that selection, the Jets have nine picks in the second-through-seventh rounds, where they can continue to target areas of need (wide receiver, the offensive line, pass-rushing help).

Let's take a look at some potential later-round steals...

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New York Jets' Chris Johnson (21) runs past Oakland Raiders' Carlos Rogers (27) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)
New York Jets' Chris Johnson (21) runs past Oakland Raiders' Carlos Rogers (27) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)

Former NFL running back Chris Johnson, who played with the Jets in 2014, denies allegations that he was involved in a murder-for-hire plot that left two men dead, reports TMZ Sports.

TMZ, which has obtained court documents, writes that Johnson has not been formally charged.

According to TMZ, officials believe Johnson "rewarded a gang member with cash" after he allegedly murdered two men who had been suspected of shooting Johnson and killing Johnson's friend in 2015.

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Here is the Sports Squared crossword puzzle for Thursday, April 9, called Soaring Jets: Top Moments in Franchise History...

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New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) watches prior to an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)  (Ross D. Franklin/AP)
New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) watches prior to an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) (Ross D. Franklin/AP)

Former Jets head coach Rex Ryan has been saying some questionable things recently, including when he referred to Amari Cooper as a "turd" for no apparent reason.

On Wednesday, Ryan took aim at Geno Smith, dissing him as part of a way to also take a shot at Bill Belichick (while still saying Belichick would have been a Hall-of-Fame coach even without Tom Brady).

"Let's give him Geno Smith. Let's give him whoever, and let's see how many Super Bowls he would have won," Ryan said during an appearance on First Take on ESPN.

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Dec 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker (11) makes a catch against New York Jets defensive back Blessuan Austin (31) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Dec 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker (11) makes a catch against New York Jets defensive back Blessuan Austin (31) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

This offseason, the Jets knew they had a deficiency at cornerback, but it wasn't their top priority. GM Joe Douglas was focused on improving his offensive line, and five new players added to that group followed. He also found the time to bolster his linebacking corps with a couple new faces and some re-signings. 

At corner, he did make an upgrade as Pierre Desir joined Gregg Williams' defense as a presumptive starter given his veteran status. But, with Trumaine Johnson and Darryl Roberts both gone, who will be starting opposite Desir is still a big question. 

The NFL Draft is in a couple of weeks, and there are some intriguing prospects who might be able to fill that role. But with other needs -- the offensive line is still a point to upgrade as well as wide receiver -- will the Jets be able to draft someone with starting-caliber talent? 

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Jamal Adams
Jamal Adams

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While the rest of the sports world is paused, the NFL is still in business (mostly). Free agency is still ongoing, and teams are prepping for the NFL Draft, which is now just two weeks away.

Obviously, there are still a lot of unanswered questions when it comes to the Jets. Here are some you submitted to SNY:

What would it take for the Jets to trade (Jamal) Adams? -- Dodzer94 (via Instagram)

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Feb 25, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; New York Jets head coach Joe Douglas speaks to the media during the 2020 NFL Combine in the Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)
Feb 25, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; New York Jets head coach Joe Douglas speaks to the media during the 2020 NFL Combine in the Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)

Long before Joe Douglas became the Jets GM and was entrusted to recreate this rebuild the franchise is currently in, he was a scout. And it was all of those years evaluating and grading that have led to this moment: leading the charge at the NFL Draft. 

He'll do so in a very unique situation: The draft will be conducted virtually at the end of the month due to coronavirus concerns. Prospects also weren't allowed to have in-person visits, so Douglas has had to talk to them over conference calls while trusting even more in the work done prior to this point in dissecting this year's class.

It's certainly been a tougher task than normal, but the foundation was already set before this time right now. The Daily News' Manish Mehta went very in-depth on how Douglas has reshaped the way the Jets are scouting NFL prospects throughout the year, and it's a model he believes will eventually bring glory back to One Jets Drive. 

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It's been hard for small businesses around the country, since trying to prevent the spread of coronavirus has led to many closing until things return to normal. However, there are some restaurants that remain open as essential businesses. 

Well, Jets GM Joe Douglas is doing his part to keep their spirits up. 

Thanks to former Jets WR Rob Carpenter, an NFL Reddit post revealed that Douglas has been dishing out very generous tips while picking up food at a restaurant near his town. Check it out...

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K'Lavon Chaisson/Michael Pittman
K'Lavon Chaisson/Michael Pittman

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Since taking over the Jets 10 months ago, Joe Douglas has made one thing clear: He intends to build this franchise through the draft.

Now, since it's his first draft as an NFL general manager, we don't know a lot about his approach just yet. But it seems unlikely he would surrender draft capital to move up from the 11th pick in the first round. Most likely, he'll stay right where he is, and take an offensive lineman or a receiver.

But what about trading down?

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Apr 25, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; "The Pick Is In| graphic in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in Downtown Nashville. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)
Apr 25, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; "The Pick Is In| graphic in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in Downtown Nashville. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)

The NFL made official Monday what had long been anticipated -- the 2020 NFL Draft will be fully virtual due to social distancing guidelines in place because of the coronavirus pandemic, with personnel from each team working the event from their homes.

"We have made this decision for several reasons," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell wrote in a memo to all teams. "All clubs will not have access to their facilities, which is contrary to the fundamental equity principle that all clubs operate in a consistent and fair way. Moreover, we want all NFL personnel to comply with government directives and to model safe and appropriate health practices.

"Our staff will carry out its responsibilities in the same way, operating in separate locations out of our offices. And after consulting with medical advisors, we cannot identify an alternative that is preferable from a medical or public health perspective give the varying needs of clubs, the need properly to screen participants, and the unique risk factors that individual club employees may face."

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New York Jets corner back Darrelle Revis (24) runs off the field after a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Jets corner back Darrelle Revis (24) runs off the field after a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Jets legend Darrelle Revis, viewed as one of the best cornerbacks of all time, is Gang Green's only representative on the NFL's 2010s All-Decade Team that was unveiled on Monday.

Revis, who played for the Jets from 2007 to 2012 and again from 2015 to 2016, was one of three cornerbacks on the team that was put together by the NFL and Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The other corners were Richard Sherman and Patrick Peterson.

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Jan 1, 2020; Orlando, Florida, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Jerry Jeudy (4) makes a catch against the Michigan Wolverines during the second half at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Jan 1, 2020; Orlando, Florida, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Jerry Jeudy (4) makes a catch against the Michigan Wolverines during the second half at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Jets have big holes to fill at wide receiver and on the offensive line, and they're also in dire need of pass-rushing help.

With the No. 11 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, Gang Green can go a number of different ways. 

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano recently made his three-round mock. Here's how the other latest mocks see things shaking out...

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It took new Jets WR Breshad Perriman until his fourth NFL season to finally put up solid numbers on the stat sheet. Being a former first-round pick, it hasn't been what he expected.

But following a 2019 season that saw all career-highs, Perriman isn't holding back his expectations for 2020 with his latest team in New York. 

"I have no doubt in my mind that it will definitely be a season to remember for me, as far as production-wise," Perriman told NJ.com's Darryl Slater. "I'm just really excited for the opportunities that I will get, just being in a bigger role."

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Feb 1, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; General overall view of NFL golden shield logo at the NFL Honors show at the Adrienne Arsht Center. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)
Feb 1, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; General overall view of NFL golden shield logo at the NFL Honors show at the Adrienne Arsht Center. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

On Saturday afternoon, President Donald Trump held a call with the commissioners of the major U.S. sports leagues, discussing the response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, Trump said on the call that he believes the NFL season should start on time in September.

Schefter also reports that Trump said that he hopes to have fans back in stadiums and arenas by August and September, though it's unclear if medical experts have found that to be a realistic timeline. 

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The 2020 NFL Draft is still set for April 23-25, but it's going to take on a completely different look this year.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, high-level officials from multiple teams are preparing to operate the draft from their own homes, making picks virtually. Schefter also notes that teams are waiting for final word from the NFL on the matter.

Speaking to reporters on a conference call on Wednesday, Jets general manager Joe Douglas said that in an ideal world, the Jets would be able to draft from their own facility, but said that the team is preparing for the worst-case scenario and hoping for the best.

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Former Jets head coach Rex Ryan has never been one to hold back his thoughts.

Ryan, now an analyst with ESPN, took a shot at Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper, going so far as to call him a 'turd' during Friday's episode of Get Up.

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One of the key pieces to the Jets' offensive line rebuild under GM Joe Douglas is the addition of Connor McGovern, likely to be the team's starting center come next season. 

Originally a fifth-round pick of the Denver Broncos in 2016, McGovern went on to start 36 games with Denver, showcasing the ability to play both guard and center.

Shortly after the new league year began, Douglas and the Jets swooped in and inked McGovern to a three-year deal, and during his introductory conference call with reporters on Friday, McGovern explained why the Jets made so much sense for him. 

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Dec 29, 2019; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Breshad Perriman (19) catches the ball over Atlanta Falcons cornerback Isaiah Oliver (26) during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Dec 29, 2019; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Breshad Perriman (19) catches the ball over Atlanta Falcons cornerback Isaiah Oliver (26) during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

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The numbers Breshad Perriman put up over the final five games last season didn't just stand out because they were some of the best in the NFL. They stood out because they were nothing like anything else he did in his career. The former first-round pick had never shown signs of being a true, No. 1 receiver.

But those 25 catches for 506 yards and five touchdowns he had for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last December? "That," he said, "was just a sneak peek at what's to come."

If it is, that will be great news for the Jets and quarterback Sam Darnold, because the 26-year-old Perriman would be the big-play receiver they so desperately need. The Jets signed the 6-2, 215-pounder to a one-year, $8 million contract just hours after Robby Anderson spurned the Jets for the Carolina Panthers.

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On the latest edition of Football Night in New York: Living Room Edition, the panel -- made up of SNY's Jeané Coakley, Jonas Schwartz and Ralph Vacchiano -- break down the positions of need for the Jets and Giants and discuss the best way to fill each need: free agency, trade, or the NFL Draft ...

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The Jets only started their rebuilding project during free agency, and it's clearly far from finished. There is work to be done in several key areas, including at cornerback, receiver, and along the offensive line.

New GM Joe Douglas has eight draft picks to finish that work, including four valuable selections in the first two days of the draft. There's still a month to go before the first pick is made on April 23, but here's one look at how Douglas' selections could go in SNY's first Jets 7-round Mock Draft:

First round (11th overall) - Alabama OT Jedrick Wills

There is a very good argument for taking a receiver here, especially since it's possible no receiver will come off the board in the Top 10 picks. Taking the top-rated prospect at a position of need will be enticing.

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It's been more than two weeks since the free-agent market opened, and Jadeveon Clowney is still unsigned. That's why the top defensive player available has reportedly already dropped his asking price significantly. And some think he may do it again.

But the reality is he's going to have to drop that price a heck of a lot more if he's going to really draw the interest of the Giants or the Jets.

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Oct 13, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets safety Jamal Adams (33) celebrates during the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 13, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets safety Jamal Adams (33) celebrates during the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

If the Dallas Cowboys "sense" that the Jets and Jamal Adams are having trouble coming to terms on a long-term extension, they will "circle back with a high pick offer," reports Mike Fisher 105.3 FM in Dallas.

Adams' future with the Jets first came into question just before last season's trade deadline, when reports surfaced that the Jets and Cowboys had engaged in trade conversations -- with Adams saying at the time that he would welcome a trade to his hometown team.

According to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano, the Jets took calls from several teams on Adams in advance of the deadline and appeared to come "fairly close" to trading him to the Cowboys.

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Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) looks on against the Buffalo Bills during the fourth quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) looks on against the Buffalo Bills during the fourth quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

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When Joe Douglas first met Sam Darnold's parents at a preseason game last August, he did his best to reassure them that their son was in good hands. He knew Darnold was the Jets' most precious commodity. So he vowed their kid would be treated that way, too.

"I promised them I was going to do everything in my power to take care of Sam with protection and playmakers," Douglas said in a conference call on Wednesday. "I think we still have a lot to do in both those regards."

Yes they do -- especially when it comes to finding playmakers to help make the Darnold-run offense go.

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Sam, we mustache you a question about your facial hair. 

Look, while we've all been doing our best while social distancing and staying at home over the past couple weeks, we've made some questionable choices, whether it's eating cookies for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, debating changing clothes every day or so, and yes, even growing some questionable facial hair.

Which brings us to the Jets' young quarterback. 

Darnold recently posted a Q&A that included a question about what his favorite pregame song is.

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Having not yet added an impact pass-rusher this offseason, Jets GM Joe Douglas was asked Wednesday about the team's level of interest in free agent Jadeveon Clowney, whose market has not yet fully developed.

And Douglas confirmed that he has spoken with Clowney's agents.

"I would say we're gonna do our due diligence on everybody that's out there, especially at the edge-rushing position. I'm not gonna go into specifics of and details of conversations we've had," Douglas said while being understandably evasive while talking about a player who is still on the open market.

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Feb 25, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; New York Jets head coach Joe Douglas speaks to the media during the 2020 NFL Combine in the Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)
Feb 25, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; New York Jets head coach Joe Douglas speaks to the media during the 2020 NFL Combine in the Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)

Now that the first major wave of NFL free agency has come and gone, Jets general manager Joe Douglas took some time on Wednesday to update where the team stands at this point of the offseason.

While Douglas touched on major topics such as the team's level of interest in free-agent pass-rusher Jadeveon Clowney and where things stand with building around quarterback Sam Darnold, he also spoke on a number of other items, including the team's recent additions on both sides of the ball, preparing for the 2020 NFL Draft from home, and where things stand with a possible Jamal Adams extension.

Here are six key takeaways from Douglas' call:

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Jedrick Wills/Jerry Jeudy
Jedrick Wills/Jerry Jeudy

It's officially April and that means it's officially NFL Draft month.

The Jets, like the rest of the league, are conducting video conference interviews with prospects as no one is allowed to come in for official visits. And following those, Jets GM Joe Douglas and the rest of his group should have solidified their "Big Board," or the rankings of players in their eyes heading into the first round on April 23. 

What will that Big Board look like? No one really ever knows for sure, but we can always make some educated guesses. The Jets might rank each individual player even if they don't believe they will fall to No. 11 overall. 

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In the latest edition of Out of Office Replies, SNY's Chris Williamson breaks down who he believes will have a better 2020 season: Sam Darnold or Daniel Jones. He also gives his Giants draft pick at No. 4 overall and more...

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Sam Darnold/David Fales
Sam Darnold/David Fales

The Jets have brought back Sam Darnold's backup for most of last season in David Fales, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed on Tuesday. It will be on a one-year deal. 

With many believing the Jets might dip their toes into the backup quarterback market after that position was decimated last year following Darnold suffering from mono, it simply never happened according to Vacchiano. There was no interest shown in Matt Moore, who was the best one on the market, and had a history playing for Adam Gase in Miami. 

However, it is still very possible for the Jets to bring in someone to battle with Fales for that backup role, a source told Vacchiano. 

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The NFL held a remote presser today to discuss a few bits of news for the upcoming NFL Draft and regular season schedule, and the current expectation of the league right now is to have the 2020-21 season start on time without a hiccup. 

"Our expectation is fully directed at playing a full season starting on schedule and having a full regular season and full set of playoffs," NFL executive VP/General Counsel Jeff Pash said via Newsday's Bob Glauber

The league has already pushed back offseason workout programs and rookie minicamps following the draft could also be in question down the road. But they feel like by the time training camp comes around, things will be back to normal and the league can run like it normally does. 

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