In a development that surprises exactly no one, the NFLPA seems opposed to something proposed by the NFL.
While that sentence can be copied and pasted into nearly every story about things the league and union discuss, this time it’s in regards to the suggestion that the league could adjust the league calendar, pushing back free agency, the Scouting Combine and the Draft.
Two union-side sources told Mark Maske of the Washington Post the NFLPA was “unlikely to agree to a change,” specifically of that the proposal to delay free agency: “That’s the part that strikes me as [having] no chance.”
And so it begins.
The union seems opposed to pushing free agency back nearly a month (to early April, this year it starts March 12), since they don’t want players to have to wait any longer than possible to know where they’ll be living the coming season.
Changes to the draft process seem to be something they’re willing to hear.
Of course, if this one follows the standard protocol, ideas are floated, then shot down, then tweaked as they go along.
But as with all things lately, expecting the league and the NFLPA to agree on what day of the week it is seems like a stretch, so changing the fundamental structure of a year is probably going to take some time.