Raiders, Bears, Browns & Giants Players Vote Not To Attend OTAs



The NFLPA issued the following statement from the Raiders’ players about their plans to skip OTAs this year. 

The Cleveland Browns have also joined the list of teams skipping OTAs this year. Here’s their statement, via the NFLPA: 

Later in the day the Giants players also released a statement saying they will not attend voluntary OTAs. 

In a statement released through the NFL Player’s Association, the players for the Chicago Bears announced the majority of them have voted not to attend OTAs starting next week. 

The Bears are the sixth team to have players announce through the NFLPA they won’t attend OTAs. 

The full list includes:

  • Broncos
  • Buccaneers
  • Lions
  • Seahawks
  • Patriots
  • Bears
  • Browns
  • Giants
  • Raiders

Other teams will likely join this group in the coming days. 

The NFL and NFLPA have been negotiating for what OTAs will look like this offseason. Last year, everything was virtual due to the pandemic and the NFLPA has been pushing for that to remain the case in 2021, citing lower injury rates last season. 

However, with the vaccine becoming more readily available and cases falling in many parts of the country, the NFL had been showing indications it wanted to go back to having at least some portion of in-person and on-field work for OTAs, set to start later this month. 

NFLPA president J.C. Tretter called last week for players to boycott OTAs in response. 

OTAs are not mandatory but some players have workout bonuses and other contract details that hinge on attendance at OTAs. 

It remains to be seen if other players or teams will follow suit. 

We’ll have more on OTAs as the news is available. 

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