NFLPA: NFL’s modified offseason plan does not address players’ concerns

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The NFL released more details Wednesday about plans for offseason workouts. It still isn’t enough to satisfy the NFLPA.

Union leaders still are advising players to skip in-person offseason workouts.

A day after NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith and president JC Tretter sent a initial memo to all players with their recommendation, they decried the NFL’s modified offseason plan Wednesday night.

“The NFL’s announcement does not address any of the concerns raised by the players,” the memo, obtained by PFT, reads. “The slight modification only extended ‘Phase 1’ activity and reduced ‘Phase 2’ activity by two weeks.

“As players are making informed decisions about exercising their rights to not participate in voluntary offseason program, it is our recommendation that due to the injury data, continued threat of COVID-19 and the lack of a comprehensive plan to protect players, that the safest decision would be to not attend any in-person club organized activities at your club.

“Should you choose to workout at the facility, we urge you to follow the strict protocols recommended by our medical committee: testing before entering, wear PPE at all times and maintain physical distancing while in the facility.”

Players from the Broncos, Seahawks, Buccaneers, Lions and Patriots have released statements through the NFLPA regarding participation in voluntary in-person offseason workouts. The Patriots’ players said “many of us” will not attend, while players from the other teams announced they had voted not to show up.

Kicker Brandon McManus, the Broncos’ NFLPA rep, raised some doubt about his team’s position during a radio interview Wednesday. McManus said he expected Broncos’ players to revisit the issue after the NFL announced that Phase Three, the only phase that will consist of on-field work, will include 10 on-field voluntary practices and a three-day mandatory minicamp and will run from May 24-June 18.

15 responses to “NFLPA: NFL’s modified offseason plan does not address players’ concerns

  1. If injured off site while working out, will the NFLPA cover those members for lost wages?

  2. itsouryear says:
    April 14, 2021 at 8:49 pm
    What concerns? Get the vaccine and problems solved. Right?

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    YES

    Everyone in the country and world should be doing their part to get the vaccine to help all mankind.

    The selfishness is bizarre.

  3. What percentage of NFL players have “workout bonuses” in their contracts, I wonder?

  4. Typical union blather. Full pay, less work resulting in a lower quality product. It’s madness.

  5. No one ever says we want more work and less money do they? Always the other way around. Not sure how this is sustainable for the long term.

  6. Unions doing what they do best and ruining everything they touch
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    True, unless you’re in said union, then it’s the bees knees.

  7. These players lose more and more fans every day. It’s so hard for the common guy to support these types of strong arming tactics and what looks like every effort possible to get out of doing their job.
    These guys are all paid millions of dollars yet they can’t even show up to work?

  8. Get vaccinated…. help reduce the spread & improve the odds of contracting the virus or having it cause long term issues or even death should you still contact the virus…..
    That this is even a debate is beyond me….do it for others if not for yourself….

  9. Even looking past the vaccine issue, if they were truly worried they’d be working out alone or practicing distancing in their personal workouts but we all know there’ll be tons of social media posts of guys hanging all over each other without masks or any other precautions.

  10. Rookies are not members of the NFLPA. There is a lot of trepidation by vets about costing more than them in a tight market. Less practice, less exposure.

  11. You played an entire season during the height of the pandemic. The people that created the protocols that successfully navigated that are more than likely the same that will be dealing with this, so get it done and stop crying.

    And people question how fans could support those evil, billionaire owners over the players just trying to get their “fair share”….

  12. 95 25 Rate This
    touchback6 says:
    April 14, 2021 at 9:52 pm
    itsouryear says:
    April 14, 2021 at 8:49 pm
    What concerns? Get the vaccine and problems solved. Right?

    25 6 Rate This

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    YES

    Everyone in the country and world should be doing their part to get the vaccine to help all mankind.

    The selfishness is bizarre.

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    Your histrionics are what is bizzare…. Will you be able to sleep knowing that mask mandates end in NH tomorrow?

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