According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the NFL will permit the Bucs to start training camp on July 24, three days earlier than most of the league. The early report date is due to the Bucs opening the NFL season on Thursday night against the Dallas Cowboys.
The #Cowboys and #Steelers can report as early as July 21 because of the hall of fame game. The #Bucs can report July 24 because of a Thursday opener. Players from the other 29 teams are required to report July 27, per the CBA.
This year will mark the first time the Bucs have ever opened an NFL season, as they host the Cowboys at Raymond James Stadium on September 9. If they open camp on the 24th of July, it will be 47 days ahead of their first game. It’ll be even longer for their opponent, as the Cowboys can open camp on July 21. Dallas plays Pittsburgh in the Hall of Fame game to open preseason action.
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