According to reports from ESPN’s Adam Schefter and NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the NFL has offered the NFLPA zero preseason games for the 2020 season.

The union had previously been offered two preseason games by the league, with NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reporting Monday morning that the NFL was now proposing just one preseason game to the players. As both sides worked things out during the day, that offer apparently dropped to zero games of exhibition action.

The elimination of preseason games, which now appears almost certain, is just one of several big steps in the direction of a return to play between the players’ union and the league on Monday. The breakthrough in negotiations come just in time, as Monday the Chiefs and Texans’ rookies became the first players to report to their team facilities since the COVID-19 crisis began several months ago.

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1 year ago

I feel like I’d prefer a two game preseason to none. I know it would be better for the team, and it would be better for player health imo.

But I also can’t imagine us making it to the regular season anyway with the way the NFL is coming back.

1 year ago

I really can’t think of a worse scenario for Tom Brady starting out his time with the Bucs… going against a New Orleans team where the QB has been there forever, with a RT who’s never seen even preseason NFL action. This would be a disaster for our Bucs.

Bradenton BucFan
1 year ago

No preseason for greedy owners. Tuff call. Hoping for cure before wheels begin to fall off?

1 year ago

Our defense is intact so we should be okay chasing Brees and his offensive scheme. Yes it will be a little concerning as to the offensive line, but it’s only one lineman. I would bring Dotson back for $2 million with the understanding if he starts more than 2 game he will get bonus. This way the line would be intact for the first two games and the new right tackle can be implemented into the first couple of games. Other than that, we’re in good shape on offense so I don’t know how much of a concern there might… Read more »

Buc stops here
1 year ago

Hopefully this is not the beginning of the end. There have been reports some players just don’t want to play in this high contact sport because the risk of getting COVID 19 is just too high. College football is already in jeopardy of not happening, Ivy League canceled their games and many conferences are trying to just have the conference games. There is no guarantee that when September rolls around that players are going to be ready to play. In addition, think about the coaching staff. Now they have no game day experience to base on the rookie and free… Read more »

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1 year ago

While some of the players, due to chronic health issues, should indeed consider staying out this year, the overwhelming majority of these players are in their 20s, and most of the players who end up getting the virus will be asymptomatic (CDC estimates 10X the number of unconfirmed asymptomatic cases compared to those already confirmed to have COVID-19). If I was a 20-something year old making millions of dollars a year to play a game where the average career lasts 3.5(?) years, I would go ahead and play because I may not be in the league next year, but maybe… Read more »

1 year ago

The Flu is worse than the China virus, has a higher death rate for victims of all age groups, and has killed more people this year, outpacing the China virus to date. Imagine if the media covered the Flu like they do the China virus? There would be no NFL, let alone any other sport. People would not leave their houses. But since people are familiar with the Flu no one lives in fear of it. It’s time to move on and accept the China virus as a reality of life that will always be around like the Flu, Ebola,… Read more »

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1 year ago

All true! Plus the earth is flat! It’s all a conspiracy to cancel sports and destroy economies around the world!!

Reply to  Dude
1 year ago

While COVID-19 (aka Wuhan Virus) does have a much lower mortality rate when you add in the estimated number of asymptomatic cases, per the CDC, but it is a deadlier virus than even swine flu was. Fortunately for the players and their immediate family members (WAGS and kids) the mortality rate for their age demographic is much lower than it is for people my age (54) and older. The players who should be very concerned and consider staying out of the league this season are those with 2 or more serious health conditions such as diabetes, high (uncontrolled) blood pressure,… Read more »

1 year ago

I know the players don’t want preseason games, but they’d be best served to at least have one. It’s easier to simulate a game and see how it effects players, get the kinks out. It’s basically like a test run for week 1. Kind of surprised the players wouldn’t want to test it out first before week 1. Not saying we need 2 or 3 games. But 1 pre-season game would help prepare for week 1 for the NFL

1 year ago

I am just happy their might be football. Some football is better than no football. Go Bucs….