NFL Training Camp 2022: When Players Report and Earnings Originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
After a whirlwind offseason and free agency streak that saw countless players land in new cities and Tom Brady’s whirlwind non-retirement, all eyes are finally on the season ahead.
With the NFL less than two months away from kickoff, players must first buckle up for training camp. The two-week event is a chance for coaches and players to settle into the roster and relax after a long offseason.
Here’s all the info you need to track NFL 2022 training camp.
When is NFL training camp?
Buffalo Bills and Las Vegas Raiders rookies began reporting to camp on Monday. Other league recruits are expected to report between July 18 and July 26, depending on their specific team schedule. Newcomers will be joined by veteran players between July 23 and July 26. Full contact training begins July 30 through August 2.
Where is NFL training camp?
Teams usually hold a training camp in their city, however, it’s not always at their training facility. Many teams will stay at their own facilities, but it’s not uncommon for some to travel to nearby university facilities for a change of scenery.
At this time, two teams are confirmed to be traveling out of state for their training camps. The Carolina Panthers will travel just over state lines to Spartanburg, South Carolina to train at Wofford College. Meanwhile, the Dallas Cowboys will continue a 43-year tradition and travel to Southern California for their training camp.
How long is NFL training camp?
Training camp lasts about two weeks and ends just in time for each team’s first pre-season games. Most teams kick off the preseason the week of August 11.
The Hall of Fame game, featuring the Raiders against the Jacksonville Jaguars, is the first game of the preseason on August 4. These two teams will continue their respective camp after the game.
Is NFL training camp mandatory?
Unlike the NBA’s summer league, which typically only includes rookies and bench players early in their careers, NFL training camp is a hands-on bridge operation. All players – regardless of experience or accolades – must report to camp.
How much do NFL players get fined for skipping training camp?
In the past, players have skipped training camp as a bargaining chip to negotiate a contract or request a trade. The times have changed.
Skipping training camp comes at a high cost, with players facing fines of $40,000 a day for rookie contract players and $50,000 a day for veteran contract players. Under the most recent collective bargaining agreement (CBA), only players on rookie contracts are eligible for a rebate or fine reduction.
Do NFL players get paid for training camp?
NFL players get paid during training camp, but that’s not enough to cover playing costs for a day.
Under the current CBA, players receive a per diem each day of pre-season camp. For this season, first-year players receive $1,700 and returning players receive $2,900.
What are the rules of NFL training camp?
The NFL has strict guidelines on how teams should conduct training camp. Days one through three are non-contact, followed by two days of helmet and light training gear allowed. On day six, teams are required to take a mandatory day off, before returning to fully padded training.
From then on, teams are allowed to treat training as a match week. They are also allowed to hold joint workouts to help create a more realistic seasonal environment.
Can fans watch NFL training camp?
Starting July 25, fans will be able to watch expanded coverage of all 32 teams on the NFL Network. Many teams will also open practice for fans to attend in person.