It’s almost time for NFL clubs to begin their offseason programming, and similar to last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the offseason could be conducted virtually.
NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero provided the latest update on the union’s stance.
“NFLPA President JC Tretter told players on a call today the union is pushing for an all-virtual offseason – and would urge players to boycott if teams conduct in-person OTAs this spring, per sources,” Pelissero tweeted. “Said Tretter: ‘We’ve been telling them, it’s voluntary and we’re not gonna go.’”
Only about 300 of 2,500 players have workout bonuses they’d lose if they skip OTAs. Under the CBA, the lone mandatory work prior to training camp is a June minicamp, which the union also wants to be virtual this year amidst the ongoing COVID pandemic. Talks with owners continue.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) April 9, 2021
Under the CBA, the only mandatory workout requirement ahead of summer’s training camp is June minicamp, which Pelissero is reporting the union also wants to keep virtual. Some 300 players stand to lose their workout bonuses if they opt to skip the OTAs.
Nothing is yet set in stone and the NFLPA and the owners will continue their talks.