New Orleans Saints players decide not to attend upcoming OTA workouts
By Bob Garcia
The team wants to focus more on creating a successful roster than voluntary training
Over the weekend, some New Orleans Saints players officially stated that they are not interested in attending voluntary offseason workouts. As a result, the Saints now also join an extensive list of teams that have confirmed the exact same thing, including the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Seattle Seahawks, Denver Broncos, New York Giants and others. As these are voluntary workouts, players are not responsible for attending, except for the only mandatory part, which consists of minicamp during the third phase.
According to the schedule, this year’s off-season program is expected to begin today, ending June 18. Last year, the preseason, including training camp, was conducted virtually due to COVID-19. With respect to this year, player attendance is also varying depending on the team. While some Las Vegas Raiders players will continue to attend practices due to “contractual incentives,” the Atlanta Falcons have made it clear that nearly 100% of their players do not intend to participate. In the case of the Saints, it has been officially stated that the entire team is in agreement, and no players will be attending practice.
New Orleans is still preparing for the next season in the best way possible. The players and executives are clear at this moment that there are much more important priorities and challenges that they have to overcome if they really want to make it to the Super Bowl this time around. It is no secret that the team is now entering a new era, especially after the retirement of its star player, Drew Brees.