The NFL offseason is in full swing, and 2020 NFL free agency is off and running. However, the official announcement of a good portion of those moves — including potential deals being made by the Bengals — could be delayed for a bit.
NFL teams are prohibited from announcing that they have agreed to terms with a free agent pending a physical until the player officially signs his contract. And it's unclear when that will be allowed to happen because—due to concerns about the coronavirus—the league is not permitting clubs to meet with free agents at their facilities or other locations.
The National Football League earlier this week sent a memo to teams outlining a list of special rules being put into place in response to the COVID-19/coronavirus health emergency that will effectively limit any player from entering team facilities over the next couple weeks.
Outside of physicals (which could, in theory, be delayed), teams can also negotiate with free agents remotely and come to terms on a deal without even having the player/his reps travel to them or vice versa.
Fans are encouraged to stay tuned to Bengals.com and all official team social media channels for all the latest free agency news and notes.