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The Broncos privately were pleased that tackle Ja'Wuan James opted out in 2020, because it meant that they avoided his $9.85 million guaranteed salary. Although no team is pleased when a player is injured, the Broncos privately are pleased that James’ season-ending injury happened away from the...
So he was working out at the Bronco's facility and then he listened to the NFLPA and left the "voluntary workouts" and tore his achilles while working out at an outside facility. The Broncos can pretty much void most of his previously guaranteed contract! His contract would have had to been honored if the same injury happened while working out at the Broco's facility.
Yikes! and stupid me, I thought the purpose of a union is to protect its members and make sure they get the most compensation for the least amount of work.
If the NFLPA did not include this possibilty when they told their members to not work out at the team's facilities, they should be disbanded as a union!
Patrick Mahomes, other players confused by Broncos' ability to not pay Ja’Wuan James - ProFootballTalk
The Ja’Wuan James injury, while bad for him, could be good for NFL players generally. Players seem to be realizing that there’s a very real difference between getting injured while working out at the team facility and getting injured while working out elsewhere. The news that James, who has (or...
he news that James, who has (or at least had) a $9.85 million fully-guaranteed salary for 2021, will most likely lose that money because he suffered a torn Achilles tendon while working out away from the team facility was met with confused by players like Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
“So they are going to take his contract for working out in the off-season???” Mahomes said on Twitter.
Yes, they will. They will because they can. They especially will because the NFL Players Association has tried to get players to boycott voluntary offseason workouts this year, prompting the league to directly remind teams (and to indirectly remind players) that any player who suffers a serious injury away from work risks losing his salary. In the case of Ja'Wuan James, the price could be even greater.