Dolphins Begin Offseason Workouts On April 17

The Dolphins will begin their offseason workout program April 17 and end it with a three-day mandatory minicamp June 13-15.

In between, the Dolphins will have 12 OTA (Organized Training Activity) workouts, plus a three-day rookie minicamp on the weekend of May 5-7 or May 12-14. The OTA workouts will take place May 23-25, May 30-June 1 and June 5-8. Practices are not open to the public.

The Dolphins had a later starting date this year than in 2016 because of the rule giving teams with new head coaches, as was the case last offseason with Adam Gase, the opportunity to start two weeks earlier.

As per Article 21 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, each club’s official, voluntary nine-week offseason program is conducted in three phases:  

Phase One consists of the first two weeks of the program with activities limited to strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation only.  

Phase Two consists of the next three weeks of the program. On-field workouts may include individual player instruction and drills as well as team practice conducted on a “separates” basis. No live contact or team offense vs. team defense drills are permitted.  

Phase Three consists of the next four weeks of the program. Teams may conduct a total of 10 days of organized team practice activity, or “OTAs”. No live contact is permitted, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills are permitted.  

Article 22 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement stipulates that clubs may hold one mandatory minicamp for veteran players. This minicamp, noted below, must occur during Phase Three of the offseason program.  

Each club may hold a rookie football development program for a period of seven weeks, which in 2017 may begin May 15. During this period, no activities may be held on weekends, with the exception of one post-NFL draft rookie minicamp, which may be conducted on either the first or second weekend following the draft. The dates of each club’s post-draft rookie minicamp will be announced at a later date.