In the wake of decisions by Broncos and Seahawks players that they will not participate in voluntary offseason workouts, the Bucs have become the third NFL team to release a similar statement, under the advisement of the NFLPA.

A few days ago the NFLPA sent the following letter to players, asking them not to attend voluntary offseason workouts in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the vaccine is becoming more readily available around the country, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith and president J.C. Tretter cited recent positive tests among players at team facilities as one reason to abstain from voluntary workouts this offseason.

Obviously this would mark the second straight virtual offseason across the league if more teams’ players continue to opt out of voluntary workouts. So far just three teams have done so, with offseason workouts for all 32 teams slated to begin by April 19. The Super Bowl champions will look to recapture last season’s magic in a virtual format until further notice. Considering the Bucs returns all 22 starters from a year ago and has added just one outside free agent to the roster this offseason in RB Giovani Bernard, they will likely be in a better place come training camp than the others teams choosing to opt out at this time.

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jiggyjoe
29 days ago

It has little to do with covid and everything to do with money and power. Young players need the time spent in training and the starters would prefer to keep things as they are without new blood and cheaper players taking their place. Look at last year.

Horse
29 days ago

That’s a CYA position from the NFLPA. There’ other options that can protect the players. COVID shots would be the first that comes to mind. I’m sure some have had the shots by now.
Buccaneers can pay for their quarantine so they can have volunteer workouts; better yet the NFLPA could do it too.Obviously testing is no longer an issue as it’s available all over now.

surferdudes
29 days ago

This is fu#king ridiculous. The NFL should be setting an example by vaccinating all players, and employees. The NBA, NHL, MLB should all be doing the same. All college sports should also. These leagues should be promoting vaccinations, not sending the wrong message by not doing so. LeBron, Mahomes should be doing PBA’s showing them getting vaccinated, and telling all americans to do the same so we can get back to filling the stadiums again. Geez come on already.

Horse
Reply to  surferdudes
29 days ago

Agree

Gatorbait36
Reply to  surferdudes
29 days ago

Disagree completely….If vaccinations are mandated, the companies/organizations can and will be sued for requiring it.

Dave
Reply to  surferdudes
29 days ago

Not everyone wants to be vaccinated.

thewbacca
29 days ago

I’m for whatever gives the team the best competitive advantage. Last year was different and Brady had the edge with his volunteer workouts while most teams were in a bubble and figuring out which players would even opt in for the season at all.

I don’t know everything, but I’m not convinced at this point that repeating the actions of last year bring the same success and advantage this year. Will be interesting to see it play out.

Horse
Reply to  thewbacca
29 days ago

Agree