Do NFL Players Get Paid for OTAs?

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Pittsburgh Steelers defensive line coach John Mitchell speaks during an NFL football rookie minicamp, Friday, May 12, 2017, in Pittsburgh. The longtime Steelers assistant coach retired on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2023, after nearly three decades with the club.
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Chase Kiddy @chaseakiddy May 05, 2023, 12:21 PM

Strictly speaking, NFL players do not get paid for attending OTAs, or organized team activities

OTAs are technically optional to attend, so a salary is not awarded for attending.

That said, many NFL players have contract sections that offer workout bonuses and incentives that are specifically centered around offseason training like OTAs.

Are NFL OTAs Open to the Public?

No, OTAs are not usually open to the public. Some teams do make training camp practices available for the public to attend, but that’s not until later in the summer.

Credentialed media members are allowed to attend some portion of the overall length of OTAs.

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Chase Kiddy

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Chase Kiddy is a writer for BetMGM and co-host of The Lion's Edge, an NFL and college football podcast available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else. He has also written for a number of print and online outlets, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Washington Post, Daily News-Record, and HERO Sports. His first novel, Cave Paintings, is in development.

Chase Kiddy is a writer for BetMGM and co-host of The Lion's Edge, an NFL and college football podcast available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else. He has also written for a number of print and online outlets, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Washington Post, Daily News-Record, and HERO Sports. His first novel, Cave Paintings, is in development.