Jacksonville Jaguars organizations high off their comeback win against the Raiders on Sunday quickly came crashing down after the NFL Players Association put out a statement against them.
In the statement, the players union took the Jaguars to task after their latest grievance filed against them, where the Jaguars were accused of requiring their players to get medical treatment at the team facility.
An arbitrator sided with the union, and the NFLPA stated the decision and past issues Jaguars players have had with management over the past two years.
The decision puts a stop to the blatant overreach by the Jaguars and emphasizes the voluntary nature of almost all football activities during the offseason. It should be noted that Jaguars players continue to be at odds with Jaguars management over their rights under the CBA far more than players at other clubs. In the last two years, more than 25% of the grievances filed by players in the entire league have been filed against the Jaguars. You as players may want to consider this when you have a chance to select your next club.”
Former Jaguars player and current Los Angeles Ram Dante Fowler weighed in on this noted that he was once fined over 25 times and over $700K for missing out on “mandatory” treatment.
Fowler eventually with the help of the NFLPA got all of the money he got fined back after filing a grievance against the Jaguars.
NFL players will have to take all of this into account when they consider signing with Jacksonville this offseason.
Flip the page to see the NFLPA statement, Fowlers’ tweet and more reaction to the statement.