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Cleveland Browns’ offseason program begins today

Plus, WR Josh Gordon, WR Matt Hazel, OL Austin Reiter and FB Danny Vitale all sign their ERFA tenders.

Cleveland Browns Rookie Camp Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images

The Cleveland Browns are beginning their offseason programs on April 16th, leading up to the 2018 NFL season. Teams with new head coaches already started their offseason programs two weeks ago, while other teams, including the Browns, begin two weeks later. For the Browns, today begins “Phase One” of the team’s offseason program. According to the CBA, that consists of the following:

Phase One shall consist of the first two weeks of the Club’s offseason workout program. Phase One activities shall be limited to strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation only. During Phase One, only full-time or part-time strength and conditioning coaches, who have no other coaching responsibilities with the Club, shall be allowed on the field; no other coaches shall be allowed on the field or to otherwise participate in or observe activities. No footballs shall be permitted to be used (only “dead ball” activities), except that quarterbacks may elect to throw to receivers provided they are not covered by any other player. Players cannot wear helmets during Phase One.

Only the Browns’ strength and conditioning coaches would be allowed on the field, which makes more sense as to the timing of announcing the recently-hired staff. More coaches can start getting involved when minicamps and organized team activities commence, per the schedule below:

Offseason Workouts (Phase 1): Begins April 16
Offseason Workouts (Phase 2): TBA
Rookie Minicamp: May 4-6
OTA Offseason Workouts (Phase 3): May 22-24, May 29-31, June 4-7
Mandatory Minicamp: June 12-14

In addition, as part of the start of today’s offseason workouts, the Browns announced that all four of their exclusive rights free agents — WR Josh Gordon, WR Matt Hazel, OL Austin Reiter and FB Danny Vitale — have signed their tenders.