The initial free agency period has ended, and as the Bucs shift focus to the draft they will now have a clearer picture of what their offseason schedule will look like.

Most teams will begin their offseason program on April 18 or 19. For teams with new head coaches, which now includes the Bucs, they can start as early as April 4.  Tampa Bay however will not begin their offseason work out until the 11. While some players are in town, a majority of them are either traveling or have went to their offseason homes. With the transition of Bruce Arians stepping down and Todd Bowles assuming the head coach position so sudden, it will take time for players to get back to the facility as Bowles told the media Thursday.

“I don’t expect all of them in [on the fourth],” Bowels said. “But there are guys in town that come in. If our strength coaches can get those guys started, I think it will be an early jump on that. We’ll see when the guys come in later on. We’ll sit down as a coaching staff next week and the strength staff. Again this all happened so fast and it’s our week off, so I have to sit down individually with the coaches as well. Some of them are still out of town, via Zoom they had to chime in. So we’ll really get the ball rolling next week and start coursing out a plan to get all these guys back and understand what we’re trying to do.”

Bucs head coach Todd Bowles

Bucs head coach Todd Bowles – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Once the Bucs start their offseason workouts the draft will be just 18 days away. Rookie mini camp will start some time shortly after that and between the Bucs first scheduled OTA practice on May 17. The Bucs usually have a decent turn out for OTA’s but everyone will be at the facility for mandatory minicamp which will run from June 7-9. With training camp right around the corner usually starting at the end of July.

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