NFL makes significant change to Combine rules
The NFL has backed down on restrictions around the annual scouting combine after being faced with a reported revolt from prospects and agents.
On Monday, the league sent out a memo to potential combine participants notifying them that restrictions would be relaxed for next month’s showcase. That means players will not be expected to remain in a bubble and are free to exit the combine itself if they wish to do so.
Combine has been “unbubbled” for players in attendance, per a memo sent out tonight. pic.twitter.com/916Up4E8LB
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 21, 2022
The original plan outlined by the league was to implement a bubble environment for this year’s combine in which prospects would not be permitted to leave the premises of the event. That went over badly, and the NFL actually faced a boycott from top prospects and their agents if the rules were not changed.
The NFL had little choice but to reassess or risk the combine becoming a total non-event. While many players may still opt against on-field workouts, this certainly increases the likelihood that some will do the usual set of drills.
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