As summer approaches, the offseason is quickly rolling along for the Cleveland Browns.
The team's voluntary OTAs (organized team activities) begin tomorrow in Berea. The start of OTAs follows the end of rookie minicamp, which took place over the weekend.
According to the NFL, the Browns will have nine practice days, one below the league limit of 10:
May 17, 18, 19
May 24, 25, 26
June 1, 2
Players will then have a rest before the start of mandatory minicamp, which takes place from June 7-9.
The Browns are one of five teams to start on Tuesday, the earliest start date allowed for OTA offseason workouts, besides the voluntary veteran minicamp the Browns held from April 19-22. The NFL allows clubs with new head coaches to hold a voluntary minicamp before the start of the NFL Draft.
Tuesday begins "Phase Three" of the NFL's offseason program, which states "No live contact is permitted, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills are permitted."
OTAs mean little in the grand scheme of things, but the offseason workouts are a great chance for new coaches to become more fully acquainted with their new players.
DBN will provide updates on OTAs as the practices occur in the coming weeks.