JC Tretter: Offseason a success, players felt they actually had a choice

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Browns center JC Tretter is also the president of the NFL Players Association and that role put him front and center in the debate about how the league’s offseason programs would look this year.

Tretter and the NFLPA pushed for players to not participate in the voluntary, in-person portions of programs and there were a slew of statements from players on different teams suggesting they would stay away. Actual participation numbers were a bit higher than those would have suggested, but many of the Browns offensive players did work out on their own.

Those players are in Cleveland for mandatory minicamp this week and Tretter said on Tuesday that he’s happy with how things have played out because players were truly empowered to make decisions for themselves.

“If we want to talk about success, I think this is the first time in a long time players felt like they actually had a choice,” Tretter said, via Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com. “I think we created an environment that allowed guys to make a clear, honest decision of whether they should. . . . We had some guys who said yes and some guys who said no, but that is the decision that every player should be able to make because it is a voluntary program.”

Many teams altered their schedules after consulting with players this offseason and Tretter said he thinks it will be hard for those clubs to revert back to the old format in the years to come, although that will surely be a bigger discussion come the 2022 offseason.

4 responses to “JC Tretter: Offseason a success, players felt they actually had a choice

  1. It’s the little things. I’m a fan of the Browns but I have to say JC Tretter seems to have done more good in his role than some of his predecessors. NFL players have a long way to go before they catch up to the MLB, but…baby steps.

  2. The level of play will slowly decrease as the years go. Young players are not getting the development training they need

  3. Exactly. The teams don’t get to say “Give us X concessions and we’ll allow y workouts to become voluntary as opposed to mandatory” and then when the players agree, some teams still try to treat those workouts as mandatory. It doesn’t work like that.

    If your boss said “Let me pay you $10 less each week and Fridays will be strictly voluntary” you’d jump all over it. But then what happens when the boss starts strong-arming you to be there every Friday anyway? You get hoodwinked out of $10 every week, that’s what happens.

  4. Lots of players stayed away from team facilities during voluntary portions in years past. The only thing the NFLPA did this year was pressure more players to do so. Even to the point that a few players who were working out at team facilities left at the direction of the NFLPA only to get injured and forfeit their salary. Sounds like a win for JC and the boys. Face palm.

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