Broncos players won’t take part in voluntary offseason work

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NFL Players Association president JC Tretter said recently that the union will encourage players not to report for voluntary in-person work because the union believes it is not the safest approach and players from one team have released a statement saying they are taking that step.

The NFLPA released a statement from Broncos players on Tuesday announcing that they will not participate in voluntary offseason workouts. They cite a lack of adequate COVID-19 protocols as the reason for the decision and say that players have been infected at club facilities recently.

“Playing in the NFL is a dream of our players who work tirelessly year-round to perform in America’s greatest game,” the statement said. “With offseason programs starting in less than a week and without adequate protocols in place in order for us players to return safely, we will be exercising our right to not participate in voluntary offseason workouts. COVID-19 remains a serious threat to our families and to our communities, and it makes no sense to us as players to put ourselves at risk during this dead period. Positivity rates in our city are higher than they were at this time last year and we know players have been infected at club facilities in recent weeks. Despite having a completely virtual offseason last year, the quality of play across the NFL was better than ever by almost every measure. We hope players across the NFL work with our union as we did to get all of the facts so every player can make an informed decision.”

Mike Garafolo of NFL Media reports that the players made their decision in a call on Monday night.

The NFL announced that offseason programs can begin on April 19. Meetings will take place on a remote basis, but players can work out at team facilities in small groups and the league said that they anticipate other in-person work taking place, but they have not specified when that might take place and how much work teams would be permitted to do this offseason.

30 responses to “Broncos players won’t take part in voluntary offseason work

  1. And that’s why the Broncos will go 0-6 against the AFC Weat this year. That and Drew Lock is their quarterback.

  2. “Despite having a completely virtual offseason last year, the quality of play across the NFL was better than ever by almost every measure.”

    I think the lawyer response to this would be that you’re assuming facts not in evidence.

  3. “Despite having a completely virtual offseason last year, the quality of play across the NFL was better than ever by almost every measure.”

    I protest. This is an erroneous statement: I never imagined I’d see defense that terrible. At the beginning I thought it might improve, but it continued all the way thru the playoffs.

  4. Oh well. This is another reason why I like the NFL way less than I used to.
    I equate this to members of an orchestra refusing to come together for their rehearsals, but instead doing it on their own. I have played in bands, and let me tell you, that would never work. You need to rehearse as a group to come together as a group. You can’t just show up and expect to be as good as if you practiced together.
    The fact is, the integrity of the game doesn’t matter anymore. It’s why players don’t know how to tackle anymore. But no one cares, as long as they are getting paid.

  5. Seems like the NFL is getting caught with its pants down on this. Adopt a league-wide policy with the necessary safe guards and be done with it. You’ve had months to come up with it. If any team opts out and that leads to a disadvantage to their team, then that’s on them.

  6. Can’t wait to see how many Broncos players are spotted, sans masks, in clubs and at other public functions in the coming weeks.

  7. Ridiculous. There is no desire to get better or to win. Just pay me my money. The Broncos should cut vets and play rookies and younger guys. Save money and collect revenue.

  8. The whole QB room missed a game due to being exposed to Covid. Something ain’t right there.

  9. Said it once and will say it again, most of us expect to work roughly year round, NFL players get paid a ton of dough, and off-season workouts are not extensive, so it’s not unreasonable to expect attendance at off-season workouts. Players get vaccinated and they have few COVID worries. I don’t get why the NFLPA is choosing to fight this stupid battle, when they’re getting screwed in so many other ones.

  10. The Broncos haven’t had a winning record since 2016. They have no leadership. Peyton Manning and Tom Brady wouldn’t allow this.

  11. Von Miller just left Mexico via private jet YESTERDAY. He’s out there having the time of his life. Dalton Risner just got back from Vegas. Shelby Harris took a private jet out of the country after signing his new contract. All of this stuff is on their personal instagram pages. Bronco players don’t care about COVID, they just don’t want to work. Their freaking kicker is the team leader. And you wonder why this team hasn’t made the playoffs in half a decade.

  12. Just a load of whiners. I bet they have no problem going out to eat and grocery store or get gas…what if everyone took the same approach as these entitled jerks?

  13. It is called get the vaccine and do your job. You now have a way to protect yourself and should. If not then take your chances. The NFL should require the vaccine as not getting it would be detrimental to the NFL.

  14. I have the option of either starving to death or working, and it’s been the same since the plandemic started. I don’t get millions of dollars in salary either. You’d think one of the healthiest demographics in the country would realize they have about a 99.97% chance of surviving IF they even contract it.

  15. So every one of them getting vaccinated, getting temperature tested by the light gun on game day, and getting more testing on game day and throughout the week from whatever method they used last year isn’t good enough?

    I can see the how rookies and near -rookies would be a willing to live on the stipend they get and working on their skills for a year without coaches breathing down their necks could be appealing, but what about the vets making more than a $ million a game? I’d want to play.

  16. I would advoid the Broncos if I was a unrestricted free agent and had multiple offers because they dont care about developing young players.

  17. “I don’t understand why we are 1-4. We are a better team than this.” – Someone from the Broncos in early October

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