ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the NFL is on the threshold of pushing a deal with the NFLPA in place that would move the annual NFL draft out to May.
Both sides are continuing talks about resetting the league’s calendar in an to attempt create a year-long continuum.
According Schefter, the league will also transition the new NFL year (free agency and trades) to ahead of the Combine, which is typically held in late February.
NFL and NFLPA are on verge of pushing back draft to May and moving up start of league year to before combine, per sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 20, 2013
The NFL draft is typically held around the last weekend in April. The changes, which have worked, is specifically created to "keep fans' attention over a long period" and "use the events to produce additional revenue."
The effect of this if put in place will eventually adjust the present schedule to start the NFL Scouting Combine in March and Free Agency in the beginning of April and concluding with the NFL draft in May.
The players and the NFLPA were supposedly delaying at the idea of having free agency being backed up, since it leaves the players' future in disarray.
These changes are near completion and the calendar changes are for the next three years.