The NFL continues to release its plans for a second straight offseason while dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. There is progress being made and optimism is that that in-person sessions will be a part of the OTAs this year, unlike in 2020 when they were virtual.
On Wednesday, the NFL released a memo to teams saying that players who get vaccinated will have less restrictions; will be able to do more things in person; and will not be required to undergo daily coronavirus tests. All of these precautions were mandatory for all NFL personnel in 2020.
Here’s the memo, which also says teams should procure sufficient COVID testing supplies before April 19, while also saying protocols “will be amended in the coming months to eliminate a number of significant restrictions for vaccinated individuals,” including daily testing. pic.twitter.com/EsAwO7ygQD— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 31, 2021
Vaccinations will not be mandatory, but I’d expect most players would decide to get theirs so they will be able to participate in more daily work events.
In other Raiders’ links:
- Ngakoue is no fool: New Raiders’ pass rusher Yannick Ngakoue said you’d have to be a “fool” not to want to play for the Silver and Black.
- Remaining needs: The Athletic has a list of what the Raiders still need to do this offseason.
- Jackson speaks: Former Raiders’ guard Gabe Jackson said he is happy he was traded to the Seattle Seahawks because they win. Noted.
- Long relationship: The San Jose Mercury News looks at the Jon Gruden-Derek Carr pairing as it enters its fourth season.
- Hudson redoes deal in Arizona: Former Raiders’ center Rodney Hudson restructured his contract after his trade to the Cardinals.