A number of NFL teams have slowly but surely been informing the league that their entire player roster will be skipping the in-person voluntary workout portion of OTAs (Organized Team Activities).
A statement from the Tennessee Titans players: pic.twitter.com/uB1ecuCadV
— NFLPA (@NFLPA) April 20, 2021
The Titans are the 20th team to announce that they are skipping OTAs, a staggering number which means, as of now, just 12 teams are scheduled to show up and take part in OTAs at their team’s facilities this spring.
Here’s the current list of teams that have declared they are not going to be taking part in OTAs this offseason:
Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Detroit Lions, New England Patriots, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, New York Giants, Las Vegas Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers, Atlanta Falcons, Los Angeles Chargers, New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints, Baltimore Ravens, Philadelphia Eagles
Just last week, the league told all teams that both Tier 1 and 2 employees (not including players) are “expected to be vaccinated unless they have a legit medical or religious ground for not doing so.”
The NFL has broken down this offseason’s OTAs into three phases, the first of which kicked off on April 19th. However, that period is for strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation.