The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made a massive statement on Tuesday afternoon as the defending Super Bowl Champions announced that it will not be participating in this year's voluntary offseason workout program. With the entire team releasing a statement via the NFLPA, a group that of course includes future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady, the Buccaneers are attempting to be as cautious as possible due to the complications still stemming from the “coronavirus” pandemic.

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“NFL players across our league are a group of professionals who care about our jobs, our community and our families,” the official statement released by the NFLPA on behalf of the Buccaneers reads. “We made a commitment to the organization, to Bucs fans and to each other that we would come back to try and bring another world championship to Tampa Bay.

“We know that our union worked to negotiate safety protocols, but in light of the ongoing pandemic, we are choosing to take a stand with other players across the league and exercise our right to not participate in the voluntary offseason program. We had a fully virtual offseason last year, and we held each other accountable to do the work it took to win and we plan to do that again.”

It is also worth noting that the Buccaneers aren't the only NFL franchise that released a statement of this nature on Tuesday afternoon. The Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks have also opted to not participate in this offseason's voluntary workout program.

The COVID-19 pandemic still raging throughout the United States, the release of not one, not two but three vaccines has seemingly taken over the “coronavirus” landscape in recent months. Although many are getting vaccinated, there are many Americans that are not as well. Not only that but with the multi-dose vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna, there are two-week-long periods following each dose that is required in order for the vaccine to take its full effect.

With more than a few variables still in place regarding both the virus itself and its associated vaccines, these statements from the Buccaneers, Broncos, and Seahawks hardly come as a surprise.