Gould: Bears will 'let us know' when workouts start
Around the NFL this morning, the buzz was players with workout bonuses would be prompted to show up for work this morning less than 24 hours after U.S. Circuit Judge Susan Richard Nelson lifted the lockout.
The idea was players wanted to be present and accounted for on a day in which a workout could be held to help ensure they get their check.
According to Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould, the team’s representative to the trade association known as the NFLPA, players with workout bonuses on his team will be told when workouts will start counting toward bonuses. Gould and defensive linemen Israel Idonije and Matt Toeaina were three players that arrived at the team’s Halas Hall complex this morning. They were met by Cliff Stein, the team’s general counsel, and he told them they were welcome to be there but they would not be permitted to work out at the facility. It’s similar to what most players who went to work heard leaguewide.
“Judge Nelson lifted the lockout last night so players should be able to go into the facility,” Gould said. “The locker room at the Bears’ facility is locked and they weren’t letting anyone in. The weight room was open but was not allowed to be used. If the lockout is lifted, then it should have been business as usual.
“I am sure that goes against her decision and how she made her decision.”
Asked if he would go back to the facility Wednesday, Gould said there would be no point.
“At this point, there is no reason to go there,” he said. “They made it very clear we will not be able to work out and they made it very clear no official workouts have started and when that process takes place, they’ll be sure to reach out to us and let us know.”
So, it sounds like the Bears will let their players know when workouts will be held that can and will be counted toward such payments as workout bonuses. In the meantime, the Bears will wait for “clarification” on what it meant for the lockout to be lifted, as team president Ted Phillips said. Soon, we may find that it means business as usual for NFL clubs. Then again, who knows?
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