Browns players, led by starting center and NFLPA President JC Tretter, have joined the growing list of those from other NFL teams to announce that they’ll boycott in-person voluntary workouts, which are set to begin on Monday.
Players from the Broncos, Seahawks, Bucs, and Lions all put out statements through the NFLPA on Tuesday and Wednesday that they’ll collectively skip OTAs and voluntary minicamps out of an abundance of caution during the coronavirus pandemic. The Bears put one out on Thursday stating that “the majority of our locker room are choosing to exercise our right and not participate in in-person voluntary workouts in order to stay as safe as possible.”
The Patriots have also said they’ll skip the workouts.
The statements come amid the NFL sending a memo to all 32 teams on Wednesday announcing plans for the offseason program, which is scheduled to run from April 19 to June 18. The nine-week program is all voluntary, except for one mandatory minicamp, which is scheduled to take place during Phase III, somewhere between May 24 and June 18.
The NFLPA hasn’t approved the new plan, and will continue to negotiate the terms of the offseason with the NFL in hopes of agreeing on an all-virtual offseason program and no mandatory minicamp as the safest way to reach the finish line again in 2021.