If the owners do what everyone expects them to do and lock the players out next month, there will be no offseason activities until a new Collective Bargaining Agreement is reached. But one player says he’s already preparing to organize his own offseason work.
Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman says he thinks he and his teammates have made great progress, and he’s not going to let a lockout derail that progress. Instead, he expects to organize minicamps himself if NFL teams aren’t having official minicamps.
“Hopefully the CBA gets resolved,” Freeman told the Tampa Tribune, “but if it doesn’t, I’ve already been in contact with all of our receivers and everybody’s excited to come [to Tampa] in March and get going. We’re going to hit up a couple of the local high schools here and work out that way. Hopefully, they’ll let us use their weight room or whatever it is we need, because we’re anxious to get going.”
That kind of initiative is a big part of why Freeman is developing into one of the game’s elite quarterbacks, and it’s the kind of thing that every fan would want to hear his team’s quarterback say.
At the same time, it points to one of the reasons that many people think the players will cave in before the owners: Football players love playing football so much that they’re going to keep working even when they don’t have to, they’re not getting paid, and their bosses are actively fighting their union.