Bruce Arians would like all Bucs working at facility “for their own protection”

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Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady and many of his teammates worked out together away from the team’s facility on Monday and Brady was not in attendance for the team’s first organized team activity.

Reports from the team’s workout indicated that a lot of the team’s veterans joined Brady in staying away from the voluntary session. Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said earlier in the offseason that he was fine with such player staying away and he reiterated that on Tuesday, although there was a caveat.

Arians said that the OTAs will be geared toward younger players and confirmed that he has spoken to Brady and other players about working out at the facility without coaches present.

“I talk to them every day about doing it for their own protection,” Arians said, via Jenna Laine of ESPN.com.

Players injured working out at the team facility would not be at risk of having their contract guarantees voided as could happen if they’re injured away from the building, but that doesn’t appear to be enough of a carrot to get the players into the facility at this point.

6 responses to “Bruce Arians would like all Bucs working at facility “for their own protection”

  1. Then what is the game Tom Brady is playing by calling guys up to go work out somewhere else?
    Is this how Tom decides who “HIS GUYS” are? Is this how he picks his “favorites”. It’s difficult to criticize Brady’s methods because he gets results…but it puts the other players in the position of “Do I follow Tom… or do I protect my interests by going to the facility?”

  2. If just one of those players gets injured, a few blocks from the team facility, they are going to regret it.

    Why not take up Arian’s offer to conduct their own practices at the facility without coaches present?

    Arians already said he is fine with starters skipping out OTA’s entirely, so it’s not like this is any sort of NFL/NFLPA power move.

  3. If not at facilities after being warned & then gets injured, even if they are a star player, the organization needs to eliminate guaranteed injury pay. If not, the OTAs should just go away & Mini Camp should become Major Camp.

  4. This is why Bill let Tom go. There is no room for a double standard in NE. He didn’t used to be this way either. He was more than happy being just one of the guys. show up with his lunch pail and go to work. Tom is and always be the GOAT, but he has grown into a diva of sorts

  5. The players should form a union. You’d think that a group of multi-millionaires would organize a players union that would be able to look out for their best interest. Just a thought.

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