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49ers offseason program starts Monday, minicamp and OTA dates announced

Football is about to happen! Kind of.

We still have a long way to go until we understand fully what's going to happen with Colin Kaepernick, but the San Francisco 49ers are now just a few days out from beginning their offseason workout program. As the 49ers are among the teams that hired a new head coach after the end of the regular season, they are allowed to begin their offseason workout programs on April 4.

Previously, we knew the 49ers were eligible to begin on that date but the 49ers have confirmed it. On April 18, clubs with returning head coaches can begin their offseason workout programs. The first phase of the workout program generally consists of strength and conditioning as well as injury rehab above all else.

When the rest of the league can join in on April 18, the 49ers are allowed to begin on-field workouts, which include individual player instruction and drills alongside standard practices. There is no contact for these sessions, nor are offense vs. defense allowed.

From there, we have a big gap which includes such milestones we already knew about: an April 22 deadline for restricted free agents to sign their offer sheets, the official schedule release in mid to late April, the NFL Draft from April 28-30 and then we get to more on-field work.

The 49ers will hold a voluntary minicamp prior to the draft from April 26-28, taking advantage once again of sessions only afforded to teams with new head coaches.

The 49ers will begin organized team activities from May 17-19, May 24-26, May 31 and June 1-2. Teams have a total of 10 days of OTAs with no live contact permitted. They will then hold a mandatory minicamp from June 7-9, which concludes all of the official dates the 49ers have announced.

Training camp will then get underway at the end of July.