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Bears’ players say “majority of our locker room” will not participate in voluntary workouts
Posted by Michael David Smith on April 15, 2021, 3:25 PM EDT

Players on the Bears are the latest to release a statement through the NFL Players Association about skipping voluntary workouts this offseason.

In a statement issued this afternoon, the Bears cited ongoing concerns about COVID-19, as well as last year’s all-virtual offseason program, as reasons not to bring the team together for workouts this year.

“COVID-19 remains a risk both to our team, our families and to our fellow NFL players,” the Bears’ statement said. “We also saw the health and safety benefits of a fully virtual offseason, as injuries across the NFL were down last year. Players remain unclear about the protocols and protections, and rules remain inconsistent despite the last-minute communication by the NFL yesterday. It is for these reasons 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 Bears are the sixth team to say most players will boycott voluntary workouts.

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When your veterans are not fired up about the coming season, this is what you get out of OTAs.

2021  At least I am not a Lions Fan!

Fire Nagy now!

 

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I bet the Red Rifle is there ready to throw to AR12! And to Mooney!

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Not just the players have lost interest!

This may be the least interested I've been, in a Bears season, ever!  From management bringing back Pace and Nagy, to the minor ( if that) FA signings, and the final straw.....Nagy taking back the play calling......this just has the feel of a " lame duck", going thru the motions, wait till they fire me type of upcoming season.

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I am on board to watch this train wreck. It looks to be an epic fail by the Bears. When Jimmy Mac is dissing you in the Press, you know you suck. "Chicago is where QBs go to die!" So its not just for WRs anymore.

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I am curious as to what players went against the majority and will be there. I honestly cannot say this is a sign that Nagy has lost the lockerroom yet. If it ends up the majority of the teams follow suit i would be more inclined to say that the players have just buckled under the pressure put on them from the players union. 

I have to agree with CC, I am still a die hard fan, will probably still watch every game, but I am not excited for the season. Football has stopped being a thrill.

Train like you are 2nd, but play like you are 1st.

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I'm wondering if the decrease in injuries due to the virtual OTAs isn't something in the back of players minds. Along with the announced 17 game schedule, maybe the players are just trying to guard against fatigue and  serious injury.

 

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To be entirely honest, OTAs are not really all that necessary to a team returning staff and most players. It is vitally important to teams with new coaches and a lot of rookies in key roles. Read QB here or MLB, or any of the skill positions.

But I do see it as a sign that the Vets are already saying no to the off season schedules. Bears were one of the first three teams to announce this. I think it is both Pace and Nagy that have lost the veterans in the locker room. No leaders stepping up and telling their peers the should attend. The lack of real movement in the FA period and the attempt to trade some of those same said vets have brocken that bond I am afraid.

As to excitement, I have not been truly excited for a new season since Jay's first season as a Bear. I have been skeptically optimistic at best. I have been in a Missouri state of mind for years, "Show Me". I still watched every game and cheered them on when possible and screamed at my TV in frustration too.

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It’s going to be interesting to see, then, how many of the players who go through with the NFLPA’s recommendation that they stay home are the types of star players who know their jobs are safe, and how many are the ones who know they have an uphill climb just to make the roster. The majority of star players may very well stay home, while the majority of non-starters will probably show up in an effort to make the roster.

For his part, Smith says last offseason showed that the players don’t need to be in team facilities during the offseason.

“There are four unassailable facts when it comes to our offseason,” Smith said. “Number one, it is entirely voluntary. Number two, last year we saw a 30 percent reduction in concussions and a 23 percent reduction in missed time. Last year also saw us not have an entire offseason at all. And we know that it resulted in entirely great football with us completing a full season.”

Smith did acknowledge that around 230 players in the NFL have workout bonuses in their contracts, and he said the union wouldn’t pressure those players not to participate in voluntary workouts.

“We’ve told those players this union is never going to stand in the way of money they’ve negotiated with teams,” he said. “Go on in. It’s voluntary, if you’ve negotiated that into your contract no one is asking you to give up money you’ve negotiated.”

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