Browns quarterback Colt McCoy is the latest player to convince his teammates to get together and work for free while the owners are locking them out.
Tony Grossi of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Browns receivers Joshua Cribbs, Mohamed Massaquoi, Brian Robiskie, Carlton Mitchell and Jordan Norwood all joined the McCoy-organized workouts in Austin, Texas. At least one other Browns skill position player, running back Peyton Hillis, is expected to participate as well.
NFL teams aren’t allowed to have anything to do with organized workouts or have any kind of contact with players during the lockout, but the management side has to be pleased that players are continuing to work. In fact, plenty of league observers think the players are harming their own cause in the ongoing labor dispute by working out in the offseason and essentially assuring the owners that they can expect the players to be ready to go just as soon as the owners feel like ending the lockout.
It’s no surprise that Browns General Manager Tom Heckert said he’s happy to hear that McCoy is organizing the workouts.
“I think it’s great,” Heckert said. “If they do it, great. If they don’t do it, I don’t think it’s a big deal. They’ll be ready when it’s time to go.”
McCoy is seeing to that.