While the Jaguars are being investigated by the NFLPA for requiring players to be in Jacksonville for physical exams this month, an NFL source said the team appears to have violated the spirit, but not the letter, of the collective bargaining agreement.
The union was notified by a player agent that Jaguars executive VP Tom Coughlin sent a letter to the teams’ players requesting their presence, the Florida Times-Union reports. The agent’s client does not live in Jacksonville and did not feel he should have to pay to travel to team headquarters.
The Times-Union writes Jaguars players “aren’t allowed to report to the team’s facility until April 10 and multiple league sources said the team’s request isn’t allowed.” But according to ESPN, while players are not required to attend unofficial offseason workouts, they are allowed to work out at team facilities before official workouts begin April 10.
But teams are not allowed to give players bonuses for doing so or to reimburse them for travel, the latter point central to the players’ beef with team management.
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If the NFLPA finds the Jaguars did in fact violate the CBA, the team may lose one of its 10 organized team activities (OTA) this spring.
This is the second time since Coughlin was hired in January the Jaguars have raised questions at the NFLPA, the Times-Union notes.Earlier this month, former defensive end Jared Odrick filed a grievance against the team, claiming he is owed $5.5 million that was guaranteed for injury.