Browns players: We are exercising right not to attend in-person work

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In his role as NFL Players Association president, Browns center JC Tretter has been advocating for a virtual offseason program this year.

On Thursday, Tretter’s teammates issued a statement saying that they agree with him and players from other teams who have said they will not be taking part in any in-person work this offseason.

“The NFL’s memo outlining how they plan to implement voluntary workouts falls short of what we as players believe is adequate,” the statement said. “The Cleveland Browns players agree that a virtual offseason, like we had last year, is the best decision for everyone in our league.”

“COVID-19 continues to affect our players, our families and our communities, and we must continue to take it seriously. In addition to the ongoing threat of the pandemic, felt healthier both mentally and physically last year, which we attribute to sufficient recovery time and the lack of additional wear and tear on our bodies during the spring months.”

“For those reasons, we stand in solidarity with players from other clubs by exercising our CBA right to not attend in-person voluntary workouts this offseason. We are professionals who train year-round, wherever we spend our offseason. As we proved last year, we will be ready to compete this upcoming season.”

Thursday’s announcement was the seventh from players saying most or all of their players would not take participate in the planned in-person work this offseason.

22 responses to “Browns players: We are exercising right not to attend in-person work

  1. We are exercising our right not to watch, read or endorse anything from the Cleveland Browns. It’s your right. Big deal…. life goes on….

  2. This is rich….a bottom dweller exercising their right to remain in the cellar and demonstrating the overwhelming culture we always knew existed.

  3. the players bargained for their ability to do this. i don’t see what the big deal is, i really don’t.

  4. The owners took the NFLPA’s lunch money here. Being antagonistic about voluntary workouts makes you look stupid and goofy. Whatever. Decline your 200k bonus, whiny overpaid babies. You can bet the fringe roster player making 10k or 20k to show up and run some laps and lift weights will be there bright and early.

  5. It will allow younger players who are less expensive to have on the roster a chance to develop. It’s a great way to weed out some overpriced vets…

  6. Always stand with labor. People who claim players are ‘overpaid babies’, etc. Have no concept what they’re speaking of or how much money the owners fleece from these organizations as a percentage as compared to what payroll is. It’s pure ignorance to make statements like that and shows more bias against certain elements than others. Always stand with labor.

  7. Looking at the first couple of comments here… what’s with the freak out? Who cares?

  8. I’m noticing it’s predominantly the mediocre to bad teams whose players are deciding they don’t want to put in the work this offseason. No surprise, really.

  9. it’s hard to change a culture full of losing and mediocrity. this is one way to continue to be mired in both.

  10. “This is rich….a bottom dweller exercising their right to remain in the cellar and demonstrating the overwhelming culture we always knew existed.”
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    That’s not nice. Brown’s went 11-5 and won a playoff game. That was not a bottom dweller team.

  11. So players can do what they want, but this does open the door for some teams players to get a leg up. What if one team had all it’s players decide to show up for all off season activities. I would think that would lead to an advantage come week 1

  12. I’d bet a fair number of the Browns players who have kids are very much in favor of teachers being back at work in person, voluntarily or otherwise.

  13. Don’t show and when the rookie shows up and replaces them… you’ll know why

  14. Some “rights” are quite odd these days. Millionaires who play kids sports get extra time off.

  15. jackofnotrades says:
    April 15, 2021 at 4:33 pm

    the players bargained for their ability to do this. i don’t see what the big deal is, i really don’t.

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    I don’t think anybody disputes this. However, it is indicative of a team of players that do not place winning at the forefront.

  16. The NFL has been around for 100 years and only once it became immersed in politics did players make public announcements about not attending voluntary workouts. Yuck!

  17. Not only did the players win this right in bargaining with the NFL they now show far more respect and caution for Covid 19 than the owners who want them to show up do.as long as this country still has an epidemic that kills thousands virtual is the way to go.life is far more important than training together.all players and fans get you vaccine shot.

  18. This slays me. These clowns are collecting a King’s ransom to play a game while millions have lost their livlihoods because of the pandemic. Shouting “they will not be taking part in any in-person work this offseason” while jumping up and down and stamping their feet. Are they requesting someone also buy them whine for their cheese and crackers?

  19. Why don’t the players take advantage of the NFL offer to have the players and members of their family vaccinated free of charge. Then the players can work out at team facilities without fear of an injury affecting their contract.

  20. The Browns workouts were virtual last year as were many of their practices during the season due to Covid and they won 11 games including a playoff game without a head coach. They beat the Steelers two weeks in a row without any in person practices. They’re literally the proof that in person off season workouts are over rated if you have a smart coaching staff that knows how to teach and game plan and also how fast Covid can spread amongst a team.

    It would be different if there was no solid proof that players need protection and that offseason workouts are a must but this team showed the world how things should be. They’re not guessing, the literally were the leagues Guinea pigs.

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