Saints Players Announce They Won't Attend Voluntary OTA Workouts

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorApril 17, 2021

New Orleans Saints kicker Wil Lutz (3) celebrates with teammates after kicking a field goal against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half of an NFL divisional round playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Brett Duke)
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New Orleans Saints players announced through the NFLPA on Saturday that they will not be attending in-person voluntary offseason workouts:


A statement from the New Orleans Saints players: https://t.co/nxQPGSDcXa

The Saints are the 17th team to state that players will not be attending those workouts. The others are the Cleveland BrownsChicago BearsNew England PatriotsDetroit LionsTampa Bay BuccaneersSeattle SeahawksDenver BroncosNew York GiantsLas Vegas RaidersPittsburgh SteelersAtlanta FalconsLos Angeles ChargersNew York JetsMiami Dolphins, Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers.

All of the announcements have been made between Thursday and Saturday.

The 2021 offseason program is scheduled to start Monday and run through June 18. It's a three-phase program, and the only mandatory portion is a minicamp during the third phase.

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Here’s an overview of the 2021 offseason program https://t.co/idMebiqtmQ

Last year featured a virtual offseason (until training camp) due to COVID-19, with training camps starting in late summer. There were also no preseason games last year.

As for 2021, some of the teams vary in terms of how many players will refrain from voluntary offseason workouts.

For example, the Raiders said that some players would still be attending the workouts due to "contractual incentives," while the Falcons stated that "many" players would not be taking part.

However, the Saints stated the entire team is in solidarity and that no players will be attending the workouts.

New Orleans is coming off an NFC South title and 13-3 regular-season record. The Saints are entering a new era after the retirement of quarterback Drew Brees, who called signals for New Orleans from 2006 to 2020.