2012 NFL Offseason: Why Jets Players Are Most Motivated for Offseason Workouts
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Monday marked the initial day for NFL teams with returning head coaches to conduct voluntary offseason workouts, a regular part of the league's downtime during the spring.
It's an opportunity for teammates to reunite and begin (or in most cases, continue) their preparation for the upcoming season.
Players are afforded the opportunity to work out under the supervision of their strength and conditioning coaches, and it's the first chance for free-agent signees to begin the process of forging camaraderie in their new settings.
Attendance isn't usually an issue for NFL teams, as players typically return from their offseason homes and settle back into their locker-room settings.
There does, however, exist a contingent of players—typically veterans with families in cities away from where they play—who elect to stay home during offseason workouts, choosing instead to stick to a workout regimen on their own turf.
There's also the sliver of the NFL population that consists of players such as Matt Forte, Drew Brees, Ray Rice and Wes Welker, who are in search of new, long-term deals. Staying away from the offseason workouts is a sign of discontent and a leverage ploy by these players, and often times reignites contract talks.
But there's one team that has particularly little reason to worry about attendance this offseason, and that's the New York Jets, who will pay out up to $5 million to those players who participate in enough of the offseason workouts, led by cornerback Darrelle Revis and left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson.
Should Revis and Ferguson meet the necessary standards to earn their bonuses, they will be paid $1 million and $750,000 respectively, the two highest totals for any players in football this offseason.
That's a virtual guarantee that each will be present for the entirety of the offseason program, as will quarterback Mark Sanchez, who is set to earn an additional $500,000 for participating.
And while the concept of hefty workout bonuses isn't one that all teams employ (the Rams have just a single player scheduled to receive one this offseason), it's one that is paying off for the Jets during an offseason in which they need as much commitment to improving on the football field as they can get.
While no game is won during the offseason, preparation for the upcoming fall is critically important to each NFL team's success.
The Jets can begin to squelch the leftover white noise from last year's debacle by focusing on the task at hand and begin redeveloping the chemistry that aided them in their treks to consecutive AFC Championship Game appearances in 2009 and 2010.
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