As fans eagerly await the start of NFL training camps, players and coaches find some time to relax before the rush of the NFL season is upon them.
This is that last little bit of time players and coaches have before reporting to camp and beginning the 2013-14 NFL season. The rookie symposium runs June 23-29 in Aurora, Ohio, the supplemental draft is being held July 11th (if necessary), and July 15th is the deadline for NFL clubs to reach extensions with their franchise tag players. Those players who don't reach long-term extensions won't be eligible to sign extensions until the season is over.
Otherwise, not much is going on in the NFL until training camps begin.
The Dallas Cowboys are the first team to open up training camp, and they are scheduled to begin on July 21st. The Miami Dolphins are the last team to begin, and they report on July 29th.
Here's a full list of NFL training camp start dates from SB Nation.
Some NFL players choose this time of the year to get away from everything and go "off the grid" before they have to report to a grueling training camp. Some players just find ways to entertain themselves.
Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe isn't a stranger to the interwebz or social media. The outspoken player and current Oakland Raider stepped in for Peter King and recently wrote a column for Monday Morning Quarterback. Kluwe shared his thoughts on the psyche of a NFL player in the middle of his career:
You start thinking about schools, about long-term plans with the friends you've made in your new environment, about the events you're committed to and the causes you're supporting, and you start talking to your agent about negotiating another extension.
Then you get cut and you're a rookie all over again, because it's the NFL.
Kluwe went on to talk about his thoughts on the Pro Football Hall of Fame voting process. He's a big proponent of finally getting a punter (namely Ray Guy) into the Hall of Fame. As Kluwe is a punter, this isn't surprising.
This is how a punter spent some of his down time this offseason. But what about some of the skill players?
The Kansas City Chiefs' Jamaal Charles had some fun recently with his starting left tackle, Branden Albert. Obviously, a left tackle is going to be bigger than a running back. That becomes even more obvious when Albert attempts to get into Charles' Lamborghini, and...well...you can see in the video below what happens.
Whether it's spending a day in the shoes of a sports reporter or spending a minute in the Lamborghini of the player you're blocking for, NFL players are relaxing for the next few weeks as fans count down the minutes till there's football again on Sundays.