Patriots players say “many of us” won’t participate in voluntary workouts

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Like their counterparts on the Broncos, Seahawks, Buccaneers, and Lions, the Patriots players released a statement regarding participation in voluntary offseason workouts.

But unlike the rest of the teams, New England’s statement was not a unilateral declaration.

The Patriots’ players said “many of us” will not attend the voluntary in-person offseason program, believing it to be the safest course of action during with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“In solidarity with other players across the NFL and in the interest of our health and safety, many of us at the New England Patriots will be exercising our right to not attend voluntary workouts this offseason,” the statement reads. “The NFL has yet to agree to the full details of a plan for players despite the fact we are a few short days away from the start of voluntary workouts. The threat of COVID-19 is still serious in our community and across the country, and we think it is safer for everyone if we choose to workout on our own. While we understand that some players will need to go for various reasons and some safety measures have been put in place, we also know that NFL players have a choice which our union bargained for.

“We saw the health and safety benefits that a fully virtual offseason had on our fellow players last year. As experienced professionals who love the game, we know how to prepare our minds and bodies for an NFL season and look forward to working hard in pursuit of a Super Bowl this upcoming season.”

The statement from New England’s players is the most explicit in stating that some individuals may be at the team facility either for treatment or other instruction. And in nothing themselves as “experienced professionals,” the players are at least tacitly acknowledging there might be a difference for the incoming draft picks and undrafted rookies who will be acquired in the next few weeks.

25 responses to “Patriots players say “many of us” won’t participate in voluntary workouts

  1. The union is yet again showing poor leadership. If everyone is vaccinated, there shouldn’t be an issue here.

    Very simple.

  2. I can’t wait to see the pictures of the players sitting out at bars and other crowded events

  3. In the Brady, Bruschi, McGinest era they would all just show up very quietly and lead by example.

  4. Translation – Those of us with guaranteed money will not be showing up, and those of us looking to make a team will be there bright and early ready to go

  5. Considering the extra game they’re going to be playing this season, it makes sense to have give a concession on the early off-season stuff.

  6. Must be nice to decide to stay home and still makes fortunes. I’m sure those worried have option to get vaccine.

  7. TB12 really was the heart and soul of that org. I guess they should look forward to fighting the jets for last place this year.

  8. So you’re less committed than my local grocery store clerk who’s been working the entire pandemic.

    Got it.

  9. There’s a reason why the Patriots had the most opt outs last year…
    Players don’t enjoy being there..
    Plain and simple

  10. “So you’re less committed than my local grocery store clerk who’s been working the entire pandemic.”

    Grocery store clerks usually have no choice but to work. They need the money. The players don’t get paid for the off-season workouts, so they have nothing to lose by not doing it.

  11. Humans will always try to do the least amount of work for the most amount of pay.

  12. The Old Time players deserve the money these new guys are getting, they don’t have to do half as much, and they get paid 10 times more! Not to mention the game has got a lot softer.

  13. “In the Brady, Bruschi, McGinest era they would all just show up very quietly and lead by example.”

    Tampa Bay is in the middle of its Brady era and they seem to be sitting this one out.

  14. Humans will always try to do the least amount of work for the most amount of pay.

    ———————————–

    It was opposite once Belichick yelled “do your job”, according to his believers.

  15. Most players would rather devote the majority of their offseason to get their bodies ready as much as possible for the upcoming year rather than go through walkthroughs and attend meetings.

    QB’s and WR + TE’s need to work together, but a vet pass rusher probably just needs to hit the gym, rehab, nutrition etc. If they want to do that at their home base they should be able to, COVID or not.

    But alas it is VOLUNTARY, so I don’t get why people need to speak out against attending

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