Russell Wilson publicly opposes CBA

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Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson usually avoids controversy. When it comes to the proposed CBA deal, Wilson is embracing it.

“The NBA & MLB are doing it right,” Wilson said on Twitter. “Players come first. ALL players deserve the same. WE should not rush the next 10 YEARS for Today’s satisfaction. I VOTE NO.”

Wilson is not active in the NFL Players Association. However, he surely has influence. As do others who have spoken out about the proposed CBA, and who will.

NFLPA president Eric Winston responded to Wilson on Twitter, with this message: “No one is rushing into anything. We have spent the last 300 days listening to our guys and negotiating this deal. The proposal will be sent to all players and if somebody doesn’t like the terms once they’ve seen the entire package, I understand. That’s why every player gets a vote on it and every vote counts. I’m happy to hop on the phone with any player at any time and anyone is always welcome to come to our annual Rep meeting or to join any of the numerous calls we have had or will have in the future. Let me know.”

Winston undoubtedly would prefer to keep the opposition to the deal private. In the 12 hours or so since the board of players representatives voted narrowly to send the CBA to a vote of all union members, more than a few players have taken their opposition public. There’s a good chance that plenty of others will do the same.

56 responses to “Russell Wilson publicly opposes CBA

  1. Years ago, it was anticipated that this particular negotiation would be a very difficult one.

    The AAF and now the XFL were partially counting on it.

  2. If “ALL players deserve the same” are you going rework your contract to make sure that happens? I dont think so.

  3. ALL players deserve the same.

    All players deserve $35M a year, or is that just you? Or are you suggesting that every player gets $4-5M. Nobody makes a dime more.

    Oh, not the same in THAT way

  4. LOL!

    Love it. Strike! Been a long time coming. I just hope enough players are ballsy enough to do it.

  5. he opposes just like JJ watt (even though he literally missed 32 games in 3/4 seasons) because the 17th game would only pay him 250k. This would help 90% of the league the new CBA but the top dogs are shooting it down. Hopefully the regular guy will stop letting the outliers make all the decision. The average nfl player has 2-3 years making 900k a year they cant afford a lockout

  6. My guess is that he’s saying he wants the NFL to have fully guaranteed contracts like other sports. That would be terrible for the NFL in my opinion. The contract structure of the NFL allows teams to get out of contracts for players that don’t live up to it on their end. This allows for parody in the league and doesn’t force a team into 5+ years of mediocrity because they made a couple mistakes on a few high paid players.

  7. I believe he maybe a little off here. Shouldn’t the fans come first? Most fans want to see the extension. So what’s the problem?

  8. The reference to the MLB and NBA suggests that he’s looking for guaranteed contracts. It’s true that the most lucrative league in pro sports is also the only one that doesn’t guarantee contracts. This is largely due to roster size (53 vs. 26/17).

    If the players want this, they would have to make some major concessions- likely a blanket reduction in all existing player contracts and probably changes to free agency eligibility.

  9. It must just drive the players/former players like Winston, that actually put in the work and spend the time to intelligently put together proposals, absoloutely mad to hear some of these primadonnas that haven’t read much of a page of these proposals spout off.

    Russel, the other players (on your team) would get more if you didn’t have to get your enormous chunk of the pie. Enjoy your cash because your team’s cap space says they won’t win another Superbowl.

  10. I haven’t heard anything about RBs getting compensated for the increased risks of their position. At one point, there was talk about them creating their own union, and negotiating separately. I don’t think a single RB has stated their opinion on the new CBA…

  11. Wilson is an amazing talent and a top tier qb. But he might be the phoniest dude in the NFL. Dude is a total fake squeaky clean good guy.

  12. If MLB is doing it right as he claims then maybe he should have played baseball. He had the opportunity to do so.

  13. That’s interesting, because I publicly oppose his hairstyle in that photo! What, is he gearing up for an endorsement deal from the top pomade company?

  14. Love Wilson as a player and a person so I will be sad he will need to tune his resume so he can find another job… a job that won’t treat him so poorly.

  15. Winston is subtly calling Russ out on being completely uninvolved with the Union but suddenly having a big opinion when he stands to go to work one Sunday for less than the usual $2 million check.

  16. The wealthiest players want more, and they want their voices to count more than the 99% of the league.

    Same thing that always happens when people get wealth. Power creates selfishness.

  17. kevpft says:
    February 26, 2020 at 2:54 pm
    The wealthiest players want more, and they want their voices to count more than the 99% of the league.

    Same thing that always happens when people get wealth. Power creates selfishness.

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    Preach!

  18. mmmpierogi says:
    February 26, 2020 at 3:18 pm
    Wilson looking like he’s rocking a pretty mean Kenny Powers mullet in that picture

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    Um…that’s not a mullet. It’s slicked back. Bad hair cut, but not a mullet.

  19. he opposes just like JJ watt (even though he literally missed 32 games in 3/4 seasons) because the 17th game would only pay him 250k. This would help 90% of the league the new CBA but the top dogs are shooting it down. Hopefully the regular guy will stop letting the outliers make all the decision. The average nfl player has 2-3 years making 900k a year they cant afford a lockout
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    Actually, they already removed the cap on the pay for the 17th game.

  20. NFL players may not have guaranteed contracts, but they do get enormous signing bonuses that the NBA and MLB players don’t get. It may not balance out in the long run, but getting $20 million up front on a five year $50 million dollar contract is a nice perk if the contract only lasts 2 years because you aren’t as good as you thought you were.

  21. MightyMidwest says:
    February 26, 2020 at 1:58 pm
    Another Star publicly opposes the deal & yet again, does not outline why.
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    Maybe he did and the press was only interested in a sound bite

  22. As Russell was not involved in the negotiations, how does he even know what he is voting against? He certainly didn’t outline his objections in that tweet.

  23. Soooo…What does MLB and NBA players have that NFL does not?

    Money and Power that results in guys choosing when to play…or a guy like Igoudala getting paid millions to go sit in a studio and talk while the team who traded for him pays him millions?

    Most fans are beginning to see how these MLB and NBA CBA’s are not fan friendly…and the eyeballs are waning.

    In Football….when the eyeballs dry up, that impacts the TV deals….It is much more difficult to feed 53 men a steak dinner than 12!

  24. Winston said the proposal would be sent to all the players. That seems to imply only the player reps have seen the full proposal at this point. Neither Wilson or Watt are player reps. Maybe they’re pissy about one specific issue, without understanding the entire deal?

  25. Since when does the MLB have a system set up for the players? We’re talking about a league that literally goes to court with players to pay them less. MLB teams have more contract control over their players than any other and it’s not even close.

  26. Physically football players are beast.
    Mentally football players are 3 year olds who think they know better then the adults in the room. If the players got what they want, they will price the average Joe Fan like myself completely out of the game. Greed

  27. footballpat says:
    February 26, 2020 at 4:02 pm
    MightyMidwest says:
    February 26, 2020 at 1:58 pm
    Another Star publicly opposes the deal & yet again, does not outline why.
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    Maybe he did and the press was only interested in a sound bite

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    The press had nothing to do with it. That was a tweet that Russ sent out himself.

  28. vote no players. it makes football more boring and puts your bodies at more risk and you get nothing in return

  29. The NFL has the weakest union around, because they don’t have the solidarity to walk out as long as needed to get what they want. I don’t blame them, but that’s how it is. They should take the deal, because the owners are in a position of power, and if you won’t strike, you won’t get a better deal anyway.

  30. Nuetral28

    Regardless that should be an owners problem. They make enough, don’t use the numbers that they set against players.

  31. RisenAnge7 says:
    February 26, 2020 at 5:31 pm
    It’s o.k. Russ. Sometimes I get drunk and say stupid things on social media, too.

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    Greatest Comment Ever!!! Well done sir!

  32. Not sure how a Union has different pay for each player. Since its a union and there should be solidarity, all QB’s should make the same amount whether you are elite at your job or terrible…just like every other union in America!

  33. The NFL Players are being rip-off by the billionaire owners compared to the NBA, MLB, and MLS who give their players fully guarantee contracts. The 32 owners only makeup a faction of the NFL but they get a bigger piece of the pie. That needs to change because the platers are taking all the risk the owners aren’t getting concussions or reconstruction knee surgery. The NFL generated about $15 billion this past season, making it the king of U.S. sports. And the league is about to lean even harder on its fans, aiming to boost its annual revenue to $25 billion by 2027. The players should be getting at least 65% of the NFL’s annual revenue…

  34. I remember a time when the players called the owners greedy, now its the players that are the greedy ones, man what a contagious disease greed is!

  35. Why didn’t you vote on 16 vs 17 before wasting all that time negotiating based off 17? Now the owners have painted the NFLPA into a corner. The rank and file players can’t speak out or they won’t have a job next fall, so good for Wilson and Rogers for saying something.

  36. andymannfl says:
    February 26, 2020 at 2:27 pm

    It must just drive the players/former players like Winston, that actually put in the work and spend the time to intelligently put together proposals, absoloutely mad to hear some of these primadonnas that haven’t read much of a page of these proposals spout off.

    Russel, the other players (on your team) would get more if you didn’t have to get your enormous chunk of the pie. Enjoy your cash because your team’s cap space says they won’t win another Superbowl.
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    Wrong. Seattle has a boatload of cap space and the reason they won’t win another SB is the conservative schemes that Pete Carroll employs in Seattle.

    Based on the paramount importance of RW, he deserves $50mm/yr based on his impact. The ONLY players earning their cash are Russell, Chris Carson, Shaq Griffin, DK Metcalf and maybe TYler Lockett.

    The OL is old and overpaid. KJ and Wagner account for $25mm vs 2020 cap and have slowed down and lack impact of circa 2012-2017.

    Learn cap space numbers because with a $200mm cap in 2020, Hawks have around $50mm left after signing Greg Olsen. If they’re smart and dump Britt, KJ, FLuker & Dickson, they’ll have another $23mm to improve the team.

    Cap space and money are NOT Seattle’s problem. It’s unleashing Houdini Wilson, who is everything to that team, and Pete Carroll believing we’re playing football in the 1970’s that’s the real issue. As long as Wilson is in Seattle, they’ll be just a fine tune or impact player away from winning a SB. Easily could’ve beaten GB and SF in the playoffs to reach the SB. Change in PHILOSOPHY NOT salary of Wilson. Boo ya!
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  37. Guaranteed contracts for all NFL players are what the NFLPA should be fighting for. An additional 100k to the basic salary is nothing.

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