The newest Collective Bargaining Agreement the players and owners signed in 2011 greatly reduced the amount of required offseason work for players.
Whereas offseason programs once began up to a month sooner, they now operate on a sliding scale based on if the team in question has a new coach in place. For teams such as the St. Louis Rams that have had a coach in place for multiple years, the wait is longer.
Which is why the Rams are finally scheduled to begin their offseason conditioning program on Monday. Along with the limitations on what's considered mandatory and voluntary, players working out also must fit in under more expansive and detailed rules.
ESPN NFL Insider Field Yates broke down the extensive list of rules teams must follow for their offseason programs.
The Rams are about to embark on what is called "phase one" of the offseason program, which essentially limits them to working out in a group setting under the guidance of the strength and conditioning coaches.
Actual on-field work won't begin until phase two, though even then the work is extremely limited. The time that's considered most important is phase three when teams can conduct organized team activities leading up to a minicamp. The Rams, however, again have no mandatory minicamp scheduled.
The on-field work won't start until after the draft, which will lead to a more condensed period for teams to get their work done.
A roundup of the weekend's Rams stories appearing on ESPN.com. ... In Saturday's Ram-blings, we took a look at quarterbacks at a crossroads and how their past performance might be an indicator of future efforts. ... Next, we looked at the film from Friday's Rams chat where we covered plenty of topics pertaining to the team. ... Finally, we tracked the known and expected visitor list the Rams have put together in the run-up to the draft.
At stltoday.com, Jim Thomas takes a look at some options for the Rams at quarterback in the upcoming draft.
Thomas also caught up with linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar.
Jeff Gordon participated in his weekly chat with some Rams questions sprinkled in.
AL.com reports that tackle Greg Robinson will have a private workout with the Rams soon.
Stlouisrams.com looks back at the draft day experience of center Scott Wells.