Skip to content

NFLPA not expected to go along with new calendar plan

Trumka, Labor Leaders Call For Boycott Of Hyatt Hotels Getty Images

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.

Permalink 14 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: Home, Rumor Mill
14 Responses to “NFLPA not expected to go along with new calendar plan”
  1. butthatmakestoomuchsense says: Feb 22, 2013 12:59 PM

    When Goodell suspends players for no good reason, people are quick to claim “that’s what the players agreed to”.

    Today the shoe is on the other foot. The union can reject any calendar changes. That’s what the owners agreed to.

  2. blackngold4life says: Feb 22, 2013 1:00 PM

    I think free agency and the Draft should be moved back..but I’m a football junkie.

  3. dmartin17 says: Feb 22, 2013 1:00 PM

    In other words: What are you going to give us as a concession.

    Just typical bargaining talk.

    Push the superbowl back a week!

  4. superschrec says: Feb 22, 2013 1:01 PM

    Pushing back the Combine back could prove hecktick for most inspiring draftees.
    The problem I have with pushing the Combine back is that so many schools host Pro Day’s in March it would be counter productive to have the Combine and Pro Days so close. As it is now, the Combine in late Feb and Pro Day’s starting in mid March – early April, if the combine was late March I dont think alot of draftees would want to participate if they already had a pro day. So many player choose to skip

  5. daveakl says: Feb 22, 2013 1:21 PM

    Just so I am clear.

    New CBA ties cap and player payments to a % of league revenue.

    League wants to move draft, combine, and FA to dominate even more of the headlines and increase revenue.

    NFLPA is against it.

    Yup, that makes perfect sense.

  6. tmarlin1221 says: Feb 22, 2013 1:25 PM

    I don’t get it, why don’t the owners just agree to not sign anyone to a contract until April 1st, and fine the owners that don’t comply. It’s got nothing to do with players if the owners don’t want to sign them.

  7. tmarlin1221 says: Feb 22, 2013 1:28 PM

    If the players and NFLPA don’t like it, Goodell should tell them to go ahead and forego the season for their side jobs at Kmart. No biggie, take your choice.

  8. dangernearing says: Feb 22, 2013 1:29 PM

    butthatmakestoomuchsense says: Feb 22, 2013 12:59 PM

    When Goodell suspends players for no good reason, people are quick to claim “that’s what the players agreed to”.

    Today the shoe is on the other foot. The union can reject any calendar changes. That’s what the owners agreed to.

    >>>>>>

    Exactly.

  9. broncosaddict says: Feb 22, 2013 1:29 PM

    I wish they would drop the union crap and change to a normal owner -> employee working relationship.

    There are just as many articles of actual football as there are about the players are unhappy about something.
    It would be interesting to see how much it costs both sides to engage in this eternal bickering.

  10. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 22, 2013 1:30 PM

    Pro days are pointless. The measurements are highly inaccurate and skewed to make the prospects look better than they actually are. Team officials have to hip hop around the country to spend half an hour watching some guy only do the things he does well and skip the things he doesn’t do well.

    NFL teams should just ignore them completely and if the prospects are afraid to test against other prospects in fair, equal, controlled conditions, that is their problem not the problem of the people who may or may not wish to give them vast amounts of money.

  11. norcalseahawkfan says: Feb 22, 2013 1:33 PM

    I have an idea. Lets expand the league to 64 teams, 106 on each roster, 30 games and no preseason. Then we would have hocky. Nobody would agree to this, but hey Los angeles could have 6 teams.
    Millionares bickering with Billionares. This is what the NFL has become,YAWN

  12. micknangold says: Feb 22, 2013 1:33 PM

    blackngold4life says:Feb 22, 2013 1:00 PM

    I think free agency and the Draft should be moved back..but I’m a football junkie.

    =============================

    If you were a “football junkie” I would assume you’d want it to stay as is or be moved up, not moved back…

  13. umrguy42 says: Feb 22, 2013 3:07 PM

    tmarlin1221 says:
    Feb 22, 2013 1:25 PM
    I don’t get it, why don’t the owners just agree to not sign anyone to a contract until April 1st, and fine the owners that don’t comply. It’s got nothing to do with players if the owners don’t want to sign them.

    =================================

    Because that’s collusion by the owners. The NFLPA would sue (and rightfully so).

  14. CKL says: Feb 22, 2013 7:41 PM

    butthatmakestoomuchsense says:
    Feb 22, 2013 12:59 PM
    When Goodell suspends players for no good reason, people are quick to claim “that’s what the players agreed to”.

    Today the shoe is on the other foot. The union can reject any calendar changes. That’s what the owners agreed to.
    _____________________________
    I don’t have a problem with their rejecting the calendar changes but De Smith would argue that water isn’t wet. He needs to pick his battles insted of fighting everything that isn’t generated from his side.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!