Vaccinated free agents, tryout players will have an easier time in 2021, too

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Players on NFL rosters who have been vaccinated will have a much easier time in 2021. Players not on NFL rosters who have been vaccinated will have an easier time in 2021, too.

Per the league, fully-vaccinated free agents, tryout players, and players acquired from other clubs will not be tested before working out for the team or joining it. Non-vaccinated free agents, tryout players, and players acquired from other clubs must test negative for five straight days. They also can’t enter the facility until Day 5 — if all other tests are negative.

This distinction instantly makes vaccinated players who are not on a roster FAR more attractive than players who aren’t. For vaccinated free agents, it’s 2019 all over again. For non-vaccinated free agents, it will be a repeat of 2020.

Why would a team want to wait five days before trying out a player or signing him as a free agent or trading for him or claiming him on waivers when vaccinated players will be readily and immediately available? These are bottom-of-roster players, where the talent level is relatively equivalent. If a team needs a receiver, the team can acquire one who can instantly join the team. Ditto for tryouts; why wait five days to kick tires on a non-vaccinated player when a vaccinated player can be brought in right now?

It’s another very real incentive for players to get vaccinated, especially if those players have a realistic chance to not make a 53-man roster and to be spending time searching for another job.

4 responses to “Vaccinated free agents, tryout players will have an easier time in 2021, too

  1. Out of curiosity, if you can still get Covid despite being vaccinated…. Why get vaccinated? Sorry in advance, I know we’re not supposed to ask obvious questions in 2021. Or is it were supposed to believe the opposite of what common sense dictates?

  2. I don’t see why vaccinated people care so much about unvaccinated folks… What threat is posed to vaccinated people by the unvaccinated? A LOT of people who arent vaccinated already had and survived the almighty covid flu anyway and therefore have no need to take the shot.

  3. Out of curiosity, if you can still get Covid despite being vaccinated…. Why get vaccinated? Sorry in advance, I know we’re not supposed to ask obvious questions in 2021. Or is it were supposed to believe the opposite of what common sense dictates?

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    I don’t see why vaccinated people care so much about unvaccinated folks… What threat is posed to vaccinated people by the unvaccinated? A LOT of people who arent vaccinated already had and survived the almighty covid flu anyway and therefore have no need to take the shot.

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    The “GET VACCINATED!!!” crowd will never answer these simple questions because doing so would force them to provide an answer to the paradoxical nature of their position.

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