Tom Brady joined the players’ fight against teams holding their usual offseason programs this year.
The Buccaneers’ quarterback implored fellow players to be united in skipping voluntary workouts this offseason in an NFLPA call held on Friday, The Boston Globe’s Ben Volin reported. As part of his message, Brady told other players to have “very intense negotiations” with their teams on changing their offseason programs, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.
“We shouldn’t have overly competitive drills in May and June,” Brady said in the call, according to Volin. “There’s no (bleeping) pro baseball player that’s throwing 95 mph in the middle of December.”
“We, as players, are big boys,” Brady also said on the call, according to NFL reporter Aaron Wilson. “We can take care of ourselves. The only way to take a different stance is to be united.”
In calling for unity, Brady said: “I’m coming to an end to my career. You guys are the future of what this league is,” according to Volin.
In April, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith and president JC Tretter reportedly recommended to all players to not participate in voluntary workouts due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Players on the Patriots released a statement through the NFLPA saying that “most” of them wouldn’t participate in this year’s voluntary workouts. In 2020, teams held virtual workouts, which the Patriots’ players asked for the team to switch to in their statement.
Brady skipped the voluntary offseason program in his final two years as a Patriot. Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said that players choosing to not attend the voluntary programs “doesn’t bother me at all.”
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