Mandatory minicamps are an extremely vital stage in every NFL team's offseason program. In addition to this fact, it is important for players to attend mandatory minicamp because, well, it is mandatory.
However, these reasons are not enough to stop at least some players from skipping the mandatory workouts each year.
The reasons for a player willingly avoiding mandatory minicamp can vary, but usually tend to stem from some sort of contract (in other words, financially based) issues. The problem with a player avoiding mandatory minicamp is that his absence can result in a hefty fine, per terms of the league's collective bargaining agreement, according to Pro Football Talk's Mike Wilkening.
The threat of a fine isn't enough to prevent some players from skipping mandatory workouts, of course. The story is very much the same this year, as several notable players have decided not to show up at mandatory minicamp.
Over the next few pages we will take a look at some of the more notable players who have decided that making a statement is more important than joining their teammates for mandatory minicamp.