Final week of Chiefs offseason program underway with three-day minicamp

Posted Jun 11, 2012

Kansas City’s minicamp, mandatory for rookies and veterans, starts on Tuesday

The final week of Romeo Crennel’s first offseason program as Chiefs head coach brings a mandatory minicamp starting on Tuesday.

 The Chiefs finished their 10th OTA session at the end of last week, leaving only a three-day mandatory minicamp before a six-week dead period that leads into training camp.

Kansas City will hold minicamp Tuesday through Thursday, but aside from the practices shifting from voluntary to mandatory, not much will change from the previous three weeks of OTAs.

“It’s the same deal,” Crennel said. “We can have an extended walk-through. The length of time that you can have with them on the field gets extended, but part of it has to be a walk-through.”

Between walk-through and practice time, the Chiefs will be on a modified two-a-day schedule. The new CBA limits total on-field time to 3.5 hours per day with no single practice exceeding 2.5 hours. Two-a-days are permitted at two of the three practice days.

Just like OTAs, no contact periods or live blocking drills are allowed.

“There is a two hour max of the on-field up-tempo,” Crennel explained. “You can complement what you use there with the walk-through. So, usually you’re looking at an hour walk-through and an hour of up-tempo. But everything is in shorts. The walk-through, no helmets are allowed. You can have helmets on in your up-tempo.”

As for the practices being mandatory, that won’t offer much of a change for the Chiefs either.

The Chiefs have had near-perfect attendance at the team’s voluntary offseason workout program. Players under contract are subject to fines reaching $60,000 if they miss minicamp practices, but unsigned players aren’t subject to taking a financial hit.

That means franchised wide receiver Dwayne Bowe won’t be financially required to attend minicamp practices.

Bowe remains unsigned as the Chiefs franchise player. He accounts for a place on the team’s 90-man roster, but is not required to attend minicamp because he is not under contract. Bowe is set to make $9.515 million this season if he signs the one-year franchise tender.

The Chiefs front office, Bowe and Bowe’s representation have kept the status of negotiations close to the vest throughout the offseason. Kansas City has until July 16th to sign Bowe to a long-term deal for the 2012 season. Past that date, teams may only sign franchise players to one-year deals and long-term extensions can’t be reached until after the final regular season game.

The only other unsigned player on Kansas City’s roster is first-round draft pick Dontari Poe, who has participated in the team's offseason program thus far.

Following minicamp, the Chiefs won’t return for full squad workouts until training camp begins in St. Joseph, Missouri. None of the minicamp practices are open to the public, but fans are invited to attend any outdoor practice held at training camp.

Per NFL rules, teams can open training camp 15 days before their first preseason game, meaning the Chiefs can report to camp as early as July 26th. Kansas City opens its preseason schedule on August 10th vs. Arizona.

A full training camp schedule will be made available to the public later this summer.

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