New CBA makes skipping mandatory minicamp much more expensive

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Boycotting mandatory offseason workouts isn’t as cheap as it used to be.

Under the new labor deal, which was finalized after any mandatory minicamps would have been conducted in 2011, the maximum fines for skipping the three-day non-voluntary practice sessions have increased.  Signficantly.

Under Article 42, Section 1(ix) of the CBA, a player who skips one day of a mandatory minicamp may be fined up to $10,500.  If he skips a second day, another $21,000 fine may be imposed.  By completing the trifecta, a maximum additional fine of $31,500 may be assessed, bringing the total possible fine to $63,000.

In contrast, former Broncos receiver Brandon Marshall faced a total fine of less then $10,000 for skipping all three days of a mandatory minicamp under the last CBA.

On top of that, a player could be subject to a partial forfeiture of certain bonuses, a waiver of any remaining guarantees in his contract, and other enhanced penalties authorized by the new CBA.

That’s ultimately why guys like Cowboys cornerback Mike Jenkins, Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew, and other unhappy minicampers who are under contract will attend their respective teams’ mandatory offseason practices, many of which will happen this week.

So Jenkins showing up doesn’t mean he doesn’t want to be traded, and Jones-Drew showing up doesn’t mean he doesn’t want a new contract.  It only means that they both have 63,000 reasons to be there — along with any other money they could lose by breaching their current contracts.

17 responses to “New CBA makes skipping mandatory minicamp much more expensive

  1. Showing up to my millionaire job for 3 days … Yeah that’s asking a bit too much.

  2. Almost like the real world , where you have to show up to get paid. What a concept.

  3. They negotiated for a ridiculously low amount of “practice” time anyway. How guys could think they can just blow off mandatory stuff in an already limited preparation period is absurd. The fines should likely be more since the guys that would skip it are usually the ones crying about wanting more money anyway. A guy trying to make the team won’t skip out on anything.

  4. …bringing the total possible fine to $60,000.

    Man, them owners are tricky. I bet the players thought they were agreeing to $10,000 per day…concussions you know…

  5. Unions always negotiate for more pay for less work.

    I am so glad that it’ll cost players more to miss mandatory events. I will rip any player who claims to be a “team” player but will hold out or miss camps for his own benefit.

  6. I really don’t get some of these players…
    First, skipping anything team mandatory makes you look like a bad teammate.
    Second, missing anything puts you behind.
    Third, you are getting paid millions of dollars to PLAY A GAME!
    Grow up!!

  7. Good. There are employees of their teams. Not sub-contractors or sole proprietors. A man pays your salary you do what HE says or move on and make ends meet on your own.

  8. They are required to show up, nothing more. They aren’t required to participate, especially if they are unhappy AND claim that they “feel a tweak in their hammy”

  9. The best thing is that other aspects of the contract are in jeopardy if you don’t show up.

  10. Players gave De Maurice a bonus and a raise after he recommended they accept the CBA.

    If they feel they got shafted and De Maurice was over matched they can ask for the bonus to be returned!

    And Kessler! If he had a conscious he’d refund the players his entire fee.

  11. I would like to know how many teams actually collected these fines,and for which players and how much. I bet it isn’t many. Owners have a lot of things they have every right to do to hurt players pocketbooks that they DON’T do.

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