Report: NFL warned Tom Coughlin after his criticism of players skipping voluntary workouts

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The NFL officially sent a letter to Jacksonville Jaguars vice president Tom Coughlin warning him after his recent comments about players skipping voluntary offseason workouts, according to ESPN’s Dan Graziano.

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The letter, which was requested by the NFL Players Association, warned Coughlin that any similar comments in the future could lead to discipline in the form of a fine or potential forfeiture of OTA practice days, according to Graziano.

The NFL officially sent a warning to Jaguars vice president Tom Coughlin after his comments last week criticizing players for skipping voluntary workouts. (AP/John Raoux)
The NFL officially sent a warning to Jaguars vice president Tom Coughlin after his comments last week criticizing players for skipping voluntary workouts. (AP/John Raoux)

Coughlin criticized several Jaguars players for not attending the team’s voluntary workouts last week — including cornerback Jalen Ramsey and linebacker Telvin Smith. The workouts across the league are voluntary, and are strictly conditioning, strength work and rehab, per the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Yet Coughlin was upset that the team didn’t have perfect attendance.

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“Quite frankly, all of our players should be here,” he said.

Ramsey, though, is currently completing his own offseason workout plan in Nashville, and quickly fired back at Coughlin on social media.

“‘Fully aware’ and ‘voluntary’ meaning I don’t have to be there but they know the exact reasons I’m not,” Ramsey tweeted last week. “My teammates know it’s all love and know I’ll be ready when it’s time.”

Coughlin’s comments sparked criticism from the NFLPA, too, who wanted to make sure he knew what the word “voluntary” meant.

To make matters worse in North Florida, Jaguars coach Doug Marrone couldn’t get in contact with Ramsey when trying to mediate the conflict between Coughlin and his cornerback — though not due to his lack of trying. The coach, it turns out, was texting the wrong number.

Mandatory minicamp begins on June 11 across the league. Until then, Ramsey will continue to workout privately. While Coughlin clearly isn’t happy about that fact, he isn’t likely to share those feelings publicly anymore.

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