NFL will allow teams to begin hosting players for free-agent workouts

The NFL notified its teams that it is lifting the prohibition of free-agent tryouts. 

Effective immediately, teams are no longer required to have an open roster spot to hold a free-agent tryout, according to the memo sent to teams and obtained by USA TODAY Sports. 

Teams can either evaluate a player by setting up a virtual tryout. They can accept workout videos sent to them by players, agents or other third parties. Teams also can host players for tryouts if they have met COVID-19 testing requirements.

Before trying out or receiving a physical, the player must produce at least two consecutive negative tests within 24 hours of one another, after arriving in the team’s city.

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After two negative test results, teams may bring the player to the facility on the third day and hold the tryout and physical. Clubs are required to administer a third COVID test on the day of the tryout. 

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