Super Bowl 2020 Is History. What’s Next For The NFL?

NFL Football. Photo Credit: Parker Anderson | Under Creative Commons License
NFL Football. Photo Credit: Parker Anderson | Under Creative Commons License

Super Bowl LIV was among the most sensational Super Bowls in history, as the Kansas City Chiefs overcame a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the 49ers 31-20. The win gave Kansas City their second Super Bowl title and snapped a half-a-century drought since their last win in 1969. That was the second-biggest drought in the history of NFL championships, just seven years shy of the 57-year record held by the Philadelphia Eagles. 

Besides the thrilling match, the 2020 edition of the Super Bowl was about more than the game. Christine Sun Kim took away the pre-game show with her expressive singing, though it’s Shakira and Jenifer Lopez’s crotch-grabbing half-time performance that have millions still talking to date. There were lots of events to remember the Super Bowl LIV with, but it’s the future of the NFL that many fans and punters at are concentrated on. Here is what’s next for the NFL.

What’s Next For The NFL After Super Bowl 2020

Now that Super Bowl LIV is in history, it’s too early to start thinking about Super Bowl LV scheduled for February 7th, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. Fortunately, the year is still young, and there’s quite a lot for NFL fans to look forward to, including:

NFL Scouting Combine

The week-long showcase will start in late February from the 24th to the 2nd of March at Lucas Oil Stadium, in Indianapolis. Last Friday (February 7th), the NFL unveiled the list of players expected at the 2020 Scouting Combine. The list features players like Hakeem Adenji from Kansas, Washington’s Trey Adams and Miami’s Trajan Bandy, to name a few.

 A total of 337 prospects have been invited to attend the 2020 Scouting Combine from different colleges across the country. Most of the players invited are from Washington, Utah, Oregon, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Missouri, Mississippi State, Michigan State, LSU, Miami, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Auburn, and Clemson.

2020 NFL Free Agency

Super Bowl LIV marked the end of the 2019 NFL season. As such, fans and teams are looking forward to the 2020-2021 NFL season, with front offices trying to assess their needs and decide the best players that will boost their team. Some of the gaps might be filled with the NFL Draft, but free agency plays a major role in stirring the league.

So, when does free agency start?

Teams can start applying the transition or franchise tags to their current players on February 25th this year. The tag rules depend on whether the league will operate under a new CBA, though the current rules allow teams to get one transition tag and a single franchise tag. Nonetheless, the teams will have up unitl March 10th to notify the league about the tags.

2020 NFL Offseason Kickoff

This year, the first phase of the NFL offseason will start on March 18th, when the free agency signing period officially begins. Teams will be free to open negotiations with free agents from March 16th, with several clubs expected to search for upgrades in several key positions.

NFL Football. Photo Credit: Parker Anderson | Under Creative Commons License

NFL Football. Photo Credit: Parker Anderson | Under Creative Commons License