NFLPA informs players of areas of tentative agreement, “major issues” that remain

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The NFL and NFL Players Association have made progress toward a new labor deal. But they’re not yet at the point where NFLPA leadership can recommend the ratification of a proposal.

In an email sent to all players on Thursday, a copy of which PFT has obtained, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith summarizes the areas in which a tentative agreement has been reached, and the “major issues” that remain.

Topics that currently prevent a deal from being done include: (1) the maximum percentage of revenue that players could receive each year in salaries and benefits; (2) minimum cash spending requirements for each club and league-wide; (3) the continuation of, and ultimately an increase in, the NFLPA Legacy Fund, which in 2011 increased pensions for pre-1993 players through contributions of active players and NFL ownership; (4) greater increases for individual minimum salaries; (5) removing the escrow requirement/funding rule as a barrier to guaranteed contracts; (6) rules for players drafted in the first round and for restricted free agents; and (7) a liability waiver proposed by the NFL for on-field injuries. (A source with knowledge of the situation described the liability waiver as a “non-starter.”)

The negotiations have focused on a model that would include a 17-game regular season, a reduced preseason, and possibly an expanded postseason. The two sides have made progress as to: (1) provisions the would increase the guaranteed revenue coming to players; (2) increases in minimum salaries, performance-based pay, injury protections and practice squad benefits; (4) improvements to the players’ offseason, especially reduction of contact during training camps; (5) decreases in fines for on-field violations; (6) significant increases in benefits; and (6) significant modifications to the drug and disciplinary policies.

PFT reported over the weekend that a deal is there to be done, with the share of the revenue between the league and the players the primary sticking point. Once a deal on economics is reached, the rest of the agreement would likely fall together quickly. As one source explained it at the time, if the contract were premised on a 16-game regular season, a deal already would be done.

With Chargers left tackle Russell Okung intending to run for the position of NFLPA president, both sides may want to treat the March election as a real deadline for getting a deal done. If Okung wins, there’s a chance that the negotiations could change, significantly.

29 responses to “NFLPA informs players of areas of tentative agreement, “major issues” that remain

  1. Expanding the roster would be a huge benefit to the game, development of younger players, able to keep on the roster older players, less injuries, etc.
    So WHY don’t they do it ??
    The owners will only pay a pool of X amount of dollars to players and more players = less money per player so they nix it.

  2. No expanded postseason, please! Quickest way to make the regular season less relevant and interesting.

  3. rynehawk23 says:
    January 16, 2020 at 4:47 pm
    Why is expanding roster size and active game day roster never a point?

    Totally agree with this. This should be considered, especially if the league is concerned with safety, as it claims to be.

  4. 4 games for round 1 of the playoffs definitely felt light.

    I’d be completely on board with 1 more team per conference (7 each), with only the 1-seed getting the BYE week. So you’re looking at Green Bay vs Rams & Chiefs vs Pitt.

    Sign me up.

  5. This is a team oriented game for success, which should relate to the teams salary cap. QB salaries have sky rocketed leaving less money for other positions. There needs to be a salary cap for QB not to exceed 12% to 15% of the team salary cap so the team has more available money for RBs, WRs, TEs, and OLs that support the success of the team.

  6. The tackling in the nfl is atrocious as it is and they want to curtail contact in training camp even more?? It’s going to become two-hand touch or flag football if they keep going.

  7. Keep the number of games as is for preseason and regular season. There is absolutely no need for an extra regular season game and reducing the preseason screws over teams with new head coaches/ coaching staffs who have to install new systems in an already heavily softened offseason and training camp.

  8. Because the packers are what defined the NFL, GB should be awarded 7 points at home and 3 points on the road to start each game.
    As a shareholder/owner of the team, I won’t approve any proposal without that provision.

  9. Topics that currently prevent a deal from being done include: (1) Money; (2) Money; (3) Money; (4) Money; (5) Money; (6) rules for players drafted in the first round and for restricted free agents; and (7) a liability waiver proposed by the NFL for on-field injuries. (A source with knowledge of the situation described the liability waiver as a “non-starter.”)

  10. Well, an increased percentage of nothing is….nothing. The LA Chargers will max out at 10,000 fans per game. That’s close to nothing.

  11. I’m still not seeing any mention of removing franchise tags, Roger Goodell as judge/jury/executioner when it comes player suspensions, or marijuana from the banned substances list and I find that worrying.

  12. The players complained endlessly about the deal they reached with the owners during the last negotiations, and then they voted to keep the same guy that got them that bad deal, and he’s sitting there negotiating another deal for them. So why do the players think this deal is going to be any better than the last bad deal they signed? Doesn’t make any sense to me

  13. Expanded game day rosters, expanded practice squads! Longer guaranteed free agent contracts, along with increased player revenue.
    No 17 game schedule or expanded playoffs! Player union can win more jobs for players, with better salaries!

  14. This is a team oriented game for success, which should relate to the teams salary cap. QB salaries have sky rocketed leaving less money for other positions. There needs to be a salary cap for QB not to exceed 12% to 15% of the team salary cap so the team has more available money for RBs, WRs, TEs, and OLs that support the success of the team.

    While I agree that Qbs are eating too much of cap, max contracts have created a mess for the NBA with players colluding and essentially picking which teams will have a chance to compete.

  15. Joe Smoth says:
    January 16, 2020 at 5:05 pm
    rynehawk23 says:
    January 16, 2020 at 4:47 pm
    Why is expanding roster size and active game day roster never a point?

    Totally agree with this. This should be considered, especially if the league is concerned with safety, as it claims to be.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~
    That argument is actually on the players, not the league. If they moved the active rosters from 46 to 56 it has zero impact on the owners. The money is based on a percentage. Owners get x percent and players get x percent. The problem is that the players do not want to split their x percent among extra players and safety is not a concern for them at all.

  16. jrcowboy49 says:
    January 16, 2020 at 5:33 pm
    This is a team oriented game for success, which should relate to the teams salary cap. QB salaries have sky rocketed leaving less money for other positions. There needs to be a salary cap for QB not to exceed 12% to 15% of the team salary cap so the team has more available money for RBs, WRs, TEs, and OLs that support the success of the team.

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    100%

    Set a 15% max of team cap limit for individual players. Don’t attach it to a position.

    Just wait- a lot of people think Mahomes is going to push for 200m for his new deal in a few years, and he will get it.

    It’s gotten to the point with QB salaries that it basically cripples the team.

  17. How about when a player is suspended for performance enhancing drugs, they are ineligible for the playoffs that year? Baseball players are banned from the playoffs even if they serve a PED suspension in the beginning of the season.

  18. I like the 17 game schedule I hate waiting through the 1st weekend of September for some Pro football. I want 4 solid months of NFL regular season games. Drop 2 preseason games they are a waste of time and money. If the teams want to practice with another team it’s on them. If they want to take 2 weeks off before the 1st regular season game that’s fine too. Players will be allowed to work out and practice on the field. How many fans go to the 3rd and 4th preseason games? The stands are empty and I have gone to 1 preseason game and it was awful.

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