The NFL has announced that pre-draft visits aren’t an option for the Philadelphia Eagles or any of the other professional franchises as we move towards the 2020 draft.
The effects of the growing concern surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic better known as the Coronavirus are beginning to be seen in the NFL now too, According to a memo sent to the Philadelphia Eagles and the 31 other teams on Friday, teams are prohibited from hosting any prospects for pre-draft visits.
ESPN was the first source to report the news after their own Dan Graziano obtained the memo. News then spread to other trusted sources such as the NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero and Mike Garafolo.
Here’s a tweet containing the full text, courtesy of Albert Breer. For those that may not know, he’s the Senior NFL Reporter and Lead Content Strategist for Sports Illustrated’ Monday Morning Quarterback. He’s also a fixture at NBC Sports Boston. Take a look.
This comes on the heels of decisions by the NBA, the NCAA, and the MLB to suspend operations until further notice. The Eagles made the decision to close both the NovaCare Complex and Lincoln Financial Field on Thursday following a statement that was issued by their chairman and CEO, Jeffrey Lurie.
All over the U.S., we’ve seen everything from school cancellations to the halting of religious activities, but most of the general public isn’t complaining. It’s better to be safe than sorry. It’s difficult to discuss bracketology and the NFL’s selection meeting when something as serious as what can only be described as a global health crisis is on everyone’s mind.
So far, it doesn’t appear that this will affect the free agency signing period or the upcoming NFL Draft, but as expected, both fans and the media will be monitoring that very closely. 2020’s version of the annual selection meeting is scheduled to be held in Las Vegas between the dates of April 23rd and April 25th.