One of the only areas where the players “won” in a new collective bargaining agreement was getting reduced offseason responsibilities.
Because teams have just 10 organized team activities sessions and a three-day minicamp, it’s become less and less frequent that a player stays away.
The Colts are in the middle of their OTAs building up to their minicamp next week.
Landry got a four-year, $24 million contract as a free agent, jumping to the Colts from the Jets. It includes $14 million guaranteed.
That prompts many media critics and fans to automatically proclaim that he’s obligated to be with the team at this point in the offseason. I understand that stance, but missing time now doesn’t have to be a federal issue.
“We'd obviously like to see him here with his teammates,” Colts general manager Ryan Grigson said. “But we know how strict and focused LaRon is and has always been in regards to his offseason training regimen. The guy is elite in that regard. We knew this going in.
“We knew he was elite in terms of being how he trains and treats his body. Also him being in very similar scheme helped ease any worries. He will be at minicamp, yes.”
The Colts have their last four OTAs this week before minicamp next week. Then there is a long down period before the team reports to training camp in late July.
How Landry looks then, and ultimately how he performs as a member of the Colts isn’t going to be determined by 10, light spring practices in shorts.
It’s interesting, however, that a player who just got a big contract doesn’t feel like he’ll benefit from being with his new coaches and teammates.