Tom Brady continues Buccaneers workouts despite warning from NFLPA
The NFLPA has sent out a warning to players advising them to stop group workouts before training camps. However, not all of the players are taking that advice, including Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady.
According to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, Brady is continuing his team workouts that consists of at least 12 players at a private school in Tampa. Writes Stroud:
“On Tuesday, Brady led at least a dozen Bucs players onto a field at Berkeley Preparatory School for a two-hour workout that began around 7 a.m.
“Wearing a helmet, shoulder pads and the orange non-contact jersey, Brady organized the usual assortment of passing drills at the private school that has become their offseason home. The practices have become routine during a time that players are not permitted at NFL team training facilities.”
This comes on the heels of the Buccaneers reporting at least two positive COVID-19 tests in the organization and the NFLPA’s warning about teams gathering to work out.
Brady insisting on working out with his Buccaneers teammates should not come as a surprise. Brady has shown on countless occasions that he is going to do what he believes is necessary to win.
And for the first time in his career, the quarterback finds himself on a new team. After 20 seasons with the New England Patriots, he signed a deal with the Buccaneers in the offseason. Due to that, Brady is not exactly familiar with his new teammates just yet. Therefore, he is going to need all the time he can get to create a bond with them.
However, Brady could change his mind if more players or Buccaneers personnel test positive for COVID-19 in the coming days. Or, alternatively, if the Players’ Association (or league itself) outright bans the private workouts altogether.
Whatever the risks, Brady and his Buccaneers teammates believe that the rewards outweigh them. At least, for now.