With the new CBA, the off season has become exactly that. From the last ticks of the SB until the 4th day of summer training camp, there are no pads put on, and hitting during practice is strictly prohibited. Lots of players running around in shorts, talking about " Contact Football " ( Isn't that what we Fans do ? ) but the only contact going on is in their cafeterias, where the Forks meet their mouths. Sheesh, will somebody hit somebody already ?