Ryan Fitzpatrick votes yes on new CBA

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Like plenty of players with name recognition, Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has shared his views on the new CBA publicly. Unlike most players with name recognition, Fitzpatrick supports the deal. Unlike most players with name recognition (most of whom have said “no” with little more), Fitzpatrick provides extensive details and specifics regarding his conclusion.

Fitzpatrick explains in a video sent to multiple members of the media that he has spent the “last few weeks” gathering information and seeking different perspectives in order to make an informed decision, from players who favor the deal, those who oppose it, those who were involved in the negotiations, NFLPA leadership, ex-General Managers, and agents. Based on that information, he “confidently” declares that he’ll vote yes.

“There’s a long list of reasons why,” Fitzpatrick says. “I think first when we met with NFLPA leadership during the season, we gave them things that we wanted to see addressed, whether it was the increased minimum salaries, the drug policy in regards to marijuana, different work conditions in terms of increased roster spots, treating the practice squad a little bit better, hours that we’re able to be at work, less hitting in training camp.

“There was a ton of different things that we said we wanted to be addressed. The increased benefits for current players, increased benefits for past players. I think the vast majority of those were hit and addressed in this CBA.”

Fitzpatrick explains that the deal is about more than having those concerns addressed. It’s also about getting the biggest combination of size of slice and size of pie.

“And for us as players revenue sharing, getting a larger percentage of the pie is important, but also the overall growth of that pie is important,” Fitzpatrick says. “And those two things both happen if we sign this CBA.” 

He adds that the CBA shows that there is “stability and strength” of the league, which will assist when it comes to negotiating new TV and sponsorship deals.

This meshes with the conclusion may by NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith that, in order to maximize a TV pie from which the players get 55 percent, now is the time to do the deal. Again, players can either accept that judgment or they can reject it. Regardless, like the advice from a doctor or a lawyer, this is the advice from the person they’ve hired for the express purpose of reaching conclusions on issues like this.

17 responses to “Ryan Fitzpatrick votes yes on new CBA

  1. He’s one of the smartest players in the league and he’s right about this. To get the best TV contract, the league has to avoid even the hint of a work stoppage. The better the TV contract, the better all the players do.

  2. Harvard educated Fitzpatrick with what seems like a thought out rational opinion.

    Let’s see what the collective have to say.

  3. Fitz is a smart guy and wants to avoid any holdouts or prolonged negotiations because, well quite frankly, he does not have much more time as an NFL player and wants to get paid for 1-2 more years then retire. Now with this response, Fitzy is also showing that he may be interested to transition over to either a front office role or work for the PA or NFL after he hangs up his cleats.

  4. Work stoppage is bad for business. It’s bad for everyone. The current deal is not a bad deal. It’ll go through by a wide margin.

  5. D. Smith said all of these things the last time he negotiated the CBA, and within a month of that deal being ratified the players were publicly complaining that they were misinformed, and misled on certain aspects of the deal. Then they went on to complain about the power the commissioner was given, and how the owners got the better end of the deal. The players have since been critical of that CBA, and vowed to be more vigilant, but then voted to keep D.Smith to represent them again even tho he was the guy who blew it last time. So what makes the players think this deal is gonna be any better?

  6. Those opposed should explain why, as well. Other than playing the 17th game, what are the outstanding issues?

  7. Agree with the sentiment above — the players that are objecting so loudly should explain why. I wonder if some of those objecting have even read the proposed CBA, let alone the summary.

  8. Just like when Congress votes on an important matter, we should be able to see a public list that contains every players’s name and how they voted. That way, when players complain later on, we”ll be able to look at their voting record & see if they have valid complaints or should keep quiet.

  9. Still waiting for the players voting no to show specifically issues they don’t like. Good for Ryan for giving details…

  10. camstinks says:
    March 6, 2020 at 12:22 pm
    D. Smith said all of these things the last time he negotiated the CBA, and within a month of that deal being ratified the players were publicly complaining that they were misinformed, and misled on certain aspects of the deal. Then they went on to complain about the power the commissioner was given, and how the owners got the better end of the deal.
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    Not all players, apparently. The Steelers must have actually paid attention and read the proposed deal, because they not only had a majority of players vote against the CBA in 2011, they voted against it unanimously. Did the Steelers somehow have information unavailable to other teams/players? Doubtful…

  11. The only players complaining are the players that already have big contracts and have collected huge signing bonuses. The lower-level guys feel differently. No surprise there.

  12. Aaron Rodgers said no because there wasn’t a clause escalating his contract after every new QB contract.

    He expects to be the highest paid NFL player every year for the rest of his career.

    This despite the fact that he is older, slower, injury prone and his accuracy throwing the ball has declined significantly.

    It’s always about Aaron…

  13. Doesn’t it basically boil down to longevity and status? Stars who expect a new contract are NO. 1st contract guys are YES. Veterans who will make money on the 17th game payment system are YES and veterans who would lose money on the 17th game payment are NO. Based on those demographics the vote is likely YES.

  14. Most of the players are not multimillionaires, and most of them get more money with this deal.

    On that basis I expect it will pass easily.

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