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For veteran players, Ross Tucker says missing training camp is “the dream”

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The NFL work stoppage is certainly frustrating for fans.  It’s probably annoying for borderline young NFL players and possible free agents.

But what about veteran NFL players?  Are they really upset about missing organized team activities and weightlifting?  Or is it sorta nice to have a true offseason for once?

Ross Tucker of SIRIUS NFL Radio was on PFT Live Tuesday, and voiced what should be clear: Most veteran players probably don’t mind the lockout.  Why would they?

“None of the veteran players can say this for obvious reasons, but I’m retired so I can,” Tucker told Florio.  “Some of these guys, they have already got it in their head: ‘Let’s get it resolved around mid-August.”‘

There simply isn’t a lot of pressure to solve things right now when paychecks don’t really start until September.

“People talk about it all the time: What is the hard and fast deadline?” Tucker asked.  “Well, when a vast majority of your membership doesn’t really even want to go to training camp, they don’t want to go to two-a-days, ideally for them it would get resolved, I don’t know, August 10th.  We have a week of free agency.  Then August 17th we have two or three weeks of preseason and then play the season.

“You do realize, Mike, that’s the dream.  To skip training camp, to skip two-a-days and just go right to the season . . . there are a lot of guys that are very much looking forward to the possibility.”

It’s a great point and partially explains some of the lack of urgency in talks.

Tucker’s comments could possibly annoy some union members on the front line, but of course he’s just speaking the truth.  The majority of veteran players wouldn’t mind a little more time off.

It may even make it harder for the young guys to make the team.

To see Tucker’s full interview, head to the PFT Live homepage or check out the show on iTunes.

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22 Responses to “For veteran players, Ross Tucker says missing training camp is “the dream””
  1. tatum064 says: Apr 13, 2011 9:23 AM

    It only means you get injured earlier in the season , rather than later….if youre an O-lineman, that also means youre QB might be injured earlier as well.

  2. angrycorgi says: Apr 13, 2011 9:23 AM

    Ross has been saying this for a while, and I think he’s right. The people who WANT this to get done immediately are the same guys that are thinking the UFL is an option…the lower-paid younger players.

  3. mightymightylafootball says: Apr 13, 2011 9:27 AM

    I’d argue that at many of the veterans take the first half of the season off, too…

  4. thephantomstranger says: Apr 13, 2011 9:28 AM

    Brett Favre has been locked out the last three years.

  5. krow101 says: Apr 13, 2011 9:39 AM

    Yeah, for all that money and fame you expect them to actually put forth an effort? No way. Not those spoiled millionaires.

  6. biggerballz says: Apr 13, 2011 9:46 AM

    wow i wish my job would lockout till august so I can have the summer off. Oh wait only teachers get lockouts every summer.

  7. jamaltimore says: Apr 13, 2011 9:49 AM

    What other job can you work 4 months a year, get paid if you can’t play because of injury and then complain about having to show up to the office for a couple of days each every other quarter of the year to attend some meetings, lift weights and exercise with your team.

    I mean seriously how do these guys put up with these working conditions and some of them only make 300K a year for god’s sake! Before that these same poor guys had to go have their entire college experience paid for and play football at the same time!

    Thank goodness they have a union to protect them from all this abuse!

  8. mick730 says: Apr 13, 2011 10:07 AM

    “I mean seriously how do these guys put up with these working conditions and some of them only make 300K a year for god’s sake!:

    It’s slavery I tell ya! Slavery!

  9. commoncents says: Apr 13, 2011 10:12 AM

    If all goes well, the Players union is hopeful that, moving forward, players will not even have to play to get paid…

  10. beckzhere says: Apr 13, 2011 10:15 AM

    I’m merely days away from writing off the NFL for the year. I’ve spent WAY too much time and money on my team for them to treat the fans this way. Maybe a steady diet of NCAA, AFL and CFL will keep me satisfied.

  11. mempusa says: Apr 13, 2011 10:21 AM

    So says the sub-par lineman who averaged 6 games a year for 7 years with 5 different teams.

    His comments seem to support the likes of a lazy lineman who’s not interested in winning or establishing a legacy…and he didn’t.

  12. biggerballz says: Apr 13, 2011 11:03 AM

    i think they should just replay the games from 2010 and charge fans to watch them. This way players don’t risk injury and owners still make money. Than go backwards each year 09, 08. For safety ofcourse.

  13. biggerballz says: Apr 13, 2011 11:04 AM

    based on the picture who can blame them, some guy is about to spank you while you are being waterboarded, they have it worse than gitmo, god damn slavery!

  14. armchairgm9 says: Apr 13, 2011 11:42 AM

    Tucker’s right on. Training camp for vets who stay in shape on their own in the offseason is a nuisance. They’ll use it to get their timing down and that’s about it. The players ranked 60-80 on the roster are the ones who are hurt because they don’t have an opportunity to earn a spot.

  15. jackfnburton says: Apr 13, 2011 12:39 PM

    Speak the truth, Ross.

  16. nfl25 says: Apr 13, 2011 1:07 PM

    by delaying the new agreement, the owners have a lot to lose and the players have nothing to lose. the owners lose because free agency creates alot of buzz for the nfl and everyone pays attention to it.
    the nfl wants people to pay attention the football year round. you cant make player trades for draft picks, which hurts the draft show a little, and really hurts teams. plus having free agency after the draft hurts the teams. the players dont start losing $$ till august and they dont have to go to training camp. the players have no problem dragging their feet and the owners would love to have settled this last month.

  17. biggerballz says: Apr 13, 2011 1:17 PM

    for ross tucker the dream is not missing free cone day at ben and jerrys

  18. nolarules says: Apr 13, 2011 1:52 PM

    Fantastic. The players even admit they want to give the fans a crappy product. The players seem to be quite savvy at winning the PR war with the league. All I hear is that tiny violin playing for millionaire athletes who are just too spoiled to be bothered with actually working most of the year. Simply amazing how spoiled both sides of this disagreement are. People who get hurt are the fans of course. Neither side even pretends to care one bit about the fans other than what is in our wallets

  19. thefiesty1 says: Apr 13, 2011 3:10 PM

    Of course some of the vets are hoping the lockout will extend until August. They just want to show up on opening day and get paid. Maybe if they can keep from settling, they’ll get to miss pre season games and STAY on vacation til the real games count and they start missing game checks.

  20. dolphin80 says: Apr 13, 2011 3:16 PM

    This article nails it right on the head. Veteran players are being vaginas and don’t want to go to training camp. Training camp is incredibly important for a team to become a cohesive unit and for the younger players to show their stuff. Veterans who become complacent and automatically assume they are the incumbent at their position are NOT the players I’d want on my team. Coaches need the veterans to help mentor the younger player too. Selfish!

  21. truninerfan49 says: Apr 13, 2011 3:23 PM

    Yeah its going to be great watching all these guys pulling hamstrings and missing half the season beacuse they are out of shape.

  22. granadafan says: Apr 13, 2011 7:28 PM

    Veterans should just pretend to be retired (tears at press conferences help) and then workout at the local high school while sending out anonymous press releases about your waffling decision to return to the NFL. No worries, the teams will come fetch them via a private jet and a personal entourage soon enough near the end of training camp. You might even get a raise too.

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