Las Vegas players join league trend
The roster of the Las Vegas Raiders have decided, as a group, to stand behind the NFL Players Association and will boycott the upcoming in-person OTA season.
A statement from the Las Vegas Raiders players: pic.twitter.com/OUQqvsphGp
— NFLPA (@NFLPA) April 15, 2021
The Raiders’ players joined several other rosters in this decision. I’d expect most, if not all, rosters around the NFL to come to this conclusion. The Raiders met as a team on this Wednesday and Thursday and voted on the matter.
The NFLPA urged players multiple times in the past week to boycott the in-person session because of the coronavirus pandemic. The NFLPA has been pushing for another virtual offseason since last year. Las Vegas coach Jon Gruden was among the coaches who said he hoped there would be in-person OTA sessions. The entire offseason program was virtual in 2020. This decision has to bother Gruden greatly, but surely he understands his players’ situation with the rest of the league.
Tuesday, the NFL countered and shrunk its in-person portion for this spring. The virtual portion of the offseason is starting Monday around the league. At this point, players are expected to participate in that voluntary aspect of the offseason.
If this boycott sticks, there will be no in-person minicamps again.
As mentioned in the Raiders players’ statement, there is some wiggle room for players who have workout incentives built into their contracts.
Here are #Raiders players with workout bonuses per Over The Cap:
Nathan Peterman https://t.co/4Dqz73cQg3
— Josh Dubow (@JoshDubowAP) April 16, 2021
But, for the most part, the Raiders will be working out on their own again for the second straight year. If players are hurt away from the facility during this time, they will not get paid as part of their contract.
I don‘t think this story is over, but for now, we won’t see the Raiders together until training camp in late July.