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Bucs Join Broncos, Seahawks In Skipping Voluntary Offseason Workouts

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are now the third NFL team to have their players announce that they will not participate in the voluntary offseason workouts. That news comes soon after the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks made similar decisions.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Bucs released a statement through the NFL Players Association (or NFLPA) saying they were standing up for players’ rights during an ongoing pandemic.

Tampa Bay may be only the third team to make this move, but it won’t be the last. The NFLPA is encouraging all players to avoid attending offseason workouts. NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith and president J.C. Tretter, who is also the starting center for the Browns, issued the following statement:

Once veteran players got a taste of what it’s like without the grind of a normal offseason, it was always going to be difficult to get things back to normal. That especially holds true after another regular season game was added to the schedule, which is even more wear and tear on the body.

It will be interesting to see where things go from here. In many ways, this move will help veterans retain jobs and hurt young guys trying to earn them.

Do you agree with the players choosing to avoid voluntary offseason workouts?

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Written by Clint Lamb

Clint Lamb is a College Football Writer for OutKick. Managing Editor for Roll Tide Wire. Sports radio host for The Bullpen on 730/103.9 The UMP. Co-host for The 'Bama Beat podcast through The Tuscaloosa News and TideSports.com.

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  1. with all the specialized training and the gruelling nature of the season, players need a long break away.

    last year proved that winning teams know how to gather.

    why not just have one mini camp before the summer. make it a long one. then break for 2+ months and begin the season in early/late august.

    Nuff Said.

  2. I have never understood the notion of “voluntary” workouts and the teams ezpectation that players will be there. I would think that as some as you have mentioned that this time is essential for continuing rest and recovery. I would also suggest that many, but not all, athletes who understand that their livelihoods are predicated on maintaining a optimum level of health likely already do some level of training during this off period…its one thing to sustain injury in a game but another to get it when it doesn’t “count.”

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