In separate statements released by the NFL Players Association (NFLPA), players for the Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Detroit Lions have announced that they do not intend to participate in the voluntary workout portions of each team’s offseason program — which are scheduled to start on Monday. So far, there has been no such announcement from Kansas City Chiefs players.
A statement on behalf of the Denver Broncos players: pic.twitter.com/b7ZQZ1Z7PY— NFLPA (@NFLPA) April 13, 2021
Seahawks players released a longer statement with the same bottom line.
A statement on behalf of the Seattle Seahawks players: pic.twitter.com/4Bwl4KkEOI— NFLPA (@NFLPA) April 13, 2021
On Tuesday evening, Buccaneers players joined the boycott.
A statement from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers players. pic.twitter.com/SOa24L779P— NFLPA (@NFLPA) April 13, 2021
Lions and Patriots players joined on Wednesday.
A statement from the Detroit Lions players: pic.twitter.com/Ew2piOTMIk— NFLPA (@NFLPA) April 14, 2021
A statement from the New England Patriots players: pic.twitter.com/1gl84knZrS— NFLPA (@NFLPA) April 14, 2021
As the offseason has continued, the NFLPA has taken the position that in order to protect its members from the coronavirus pandemic, the league should continue with the virtual offseason they instituted during the early stages of the pandemic a year ago.
"Many of the changes this past year (no in-person offseason workouts/practices, extended acclimation period) gave us a year of data that demonstrates maintaining some of these changes long-term is in the best interest of the game." –@JCTretter— NFLPA (@NFLPA) April 2, 2021
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Just as they did last season, the league and its players union remain involved in negotiations about how they should proceed through offseason programs. But for the moment, players from these teams say they won’t be reporting to team facilities for the voluntary portions.
Players from more teams could follow. We will keep you updated.