The Giants and Jets have pulled their scouts and coaches off the road from various pro days and other events and are cancelling many of the workouts that had been scheduled prior to the NFL draft in response to the spread of the coronavirus.
The NFL, however, said the league year and free agency will begin on Wednesday as has always been scheduled.
In a statement issued on Thursday afternoon, the Giants said they had convened an internal task force to monitor developments of the COVID-19 outbreak 10 days ago.
"As of today and for the foreseeable future, we have taken our scouts and coaches off the road for pro days and campus workouts,” the statement said. “All business travel has been suspended until further notice. In addition, we will limit visitors and personnel to the Quest Diagnostics Training Center and have required most of our employees to work from home for the next two weeks.”
The statement added that the team will “continue to assess our operations and procedures based on what the medical community and science dictates. Our concern and care is for those in our organization, our staff and players, and the communities in which they live."
Unlike basketball, baseball and hockey, where decisions need to be made quickly in terms of crowds and the impact on players, the NFL has the benefit of being in its offseason and mostly functioning behind closed doors. And while the logistics of large-scale events such as the NFL Draft in April and even the league’s annual meetings scheduled for the end of this month may be altered in the coming days and weeks, the actual processes of selecting players and voting on rules changes can certainly be handled without the circuses that typically envelope them.
Free agency, which begins on Wednesday, will likely have a different pace to it and fewer in-person meetings, but it is expected to take place.
The “show” may not go on, but the business of football so far continues to move along.