Final answer: No opt out clause in CBA

After quite a bit of last minute back-and-forth on the topic, NFL Network’s Albert Breer reports there will be no opt-out clause in the upcoming CBA.

That means we’ll have labor peace for a decade, running through the 2021 NFL Draft at the very least.

Ultimately, both sides were reportedly wary of the other opting out. A two-way opt out was discussed, but finally discarded.

And that’s great news for football fans, not to mention media members who have talked enough labor for a lifetime.

34 responses to “Final answer: No opt out clause in CBA

  1. Hopefully this means they’ll also be smart enough to start negotiating the next CBA before the 2021 draft.

    But I wont hold my breath.

  2. Thank God. When I saw the original double-opt-out report I figured one side or the other would be opting out as soon as they were able.

  3. This is great news, but I’ve heard that players can now get healtcare for life!? Anyone knwo if this is true? I can see that bankrupting the owners!

  4. This could be the best news of all, TEN WHOLE YEARS before we have to go through this CRAP again…..HIP-HIP-HOORAY!

  5. Sounds like Kessler and some of the other NFLPA hardliners wanted the opt out as a face saving concession. Good for the owners for sticking to their guns. For all the talk of the owners making last minute changes, the opt out was, in fact, a last minute change being sought by the PA, and not a minor one.

  6. Good, now both sides have to live with what they chose to do today, and we don’t have to live with millionaires fighting with billionaires anytime soon.

  7. I think Lord Favre must have been negotiating. “yes, we have a deal!”…”no, I changed my mind, no deal.” “Ok, maybe I said we had a deal, but that’s just speculation.”

  8. @ kom2k10

    That won’t happen. Less hitting in practice probably equals less concussions.

    Plus it’s really only the linemen who really need it. Although, everyone gets surgery.

    It’s also a choice.

    They get so much revenue from the networks that I doubt it would bankrupt them, at least in the immediate future.

  9. So no opt out. No Vincent Jackson specials.

    What is different in what the players voted on today vs. what the owners presented to them on Thursday?

    They get the $320 million?

  10. why are no pft ‘journalists” there?……..most here can afford a flight….after all it’s your livlehood………..right?

  11. Honestly, I think both sides are horrible. I understand getting a fair deal, but I have ABSOLUTELY NO SYMPATHY for either side. Owners are soo rich most of us cannot fathom there wealth. The players only care about themselves not each other. If the players cared about one another, then why not hurry the process to help out the undrafted players get into camp sooner so they could possible earn a roster spot?

  12. @kom2k10

    Won’t bankrupt owners….it will bankrupt us with $300 replica jerseys,$50 parking,$25 beers and $400 end zone seats…..

    Owners and players will keep sending us the bill until we walk away.

  13. Commissioner Goodell reassured the players that while there was no “opt out clause” for them this year, “there is a Santa Claus.”.

  14. @thephantomstranger –

    I’m not real sure what to make of all the “thumbs up” you got for declaring that you will soon be dead…hhmmmm

  15. “And that’s great news for football fans, not to mention media members who have talked enough labor for a lifetime…”

    I wish it was ” spread enough false rumors for a lifetime”, but we know that’s not the case.

  16. touchdownroddywhite says:
    Jul 25, 2011 11:50 AM
    Hopefully this means they’ll also be smart enough to start negotiating the next CBA before the 2021 draft.
    ———————————–
    Roger: Y’know who I think could handle that problem?

    DeSmith: Who?

    Roger: Future Roger & Future DeSmith.

    DeSmith: Totally.

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