The NFL Players’ Association has voted to approve a new collective bargaining agreement.
It starts in 2020 and runs through the 2030 season. Among the notable changes in the pact: addition of two playoff teams in 2020; an option to move to a 17-game season as early as 2021; active roster increased by two to 53; same for the practice roster expanded to 12; the minimum salaries are raised as well as practice roster player compensation.
The NFLPA statement regarding the ratification of the CBA:
NFL players have voted to approve ratification of a new collective bargaining agreement by a vote tally of 1,019 to 959. This result comes after a long and democratic process in accordance with our constitution. An independent auditor received submitted ballots through a secure electronic platform, then verified, tallied and certified the results.
The NFLPA executive committee statement:
We understand and know that players have been split on this deal, including members of our EC. Going forward, it is our duty to lead, however we may feel as individuals, to bring our men together and to continue to represent the interests of our entire leadership.
Current Cleveland Browns offensive lineman and NFLPA president, J.C. Tretter stated: “not all deals are perfect, and we don’t take the gains we wanted, but couldn’t get. lightly. Tretter is a COrnwell University graduate and earned his role in the union by election on March 10.
According to Baltimore Ravens defensive back Marlon Humphrey, approximately 500 players didn’t even cast their votes. Humphrey continued: “It’s good and bad to this deal I could see why anyone would vote either way. I just think it’s amazing guys don’t even care.”
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell shared his take on the deal:
We are pleased that the players have voted to ratify the proposed new CBA, which will provide substantial benefits to all current and retired players, increase jobs, ensure continued progress on player safety, and give our fans more and better football.
We appreciate the tireless efforts of the members of the Management Council Executive Committee and the NFLPA leadership, both of whom devoted nearly a year to detailed, good faith negotiations to reach this comprehensive, transformative agreement.
Last May, the CFL Players’ Association ratified the current CFL CBA with a 74 per cent approval rate. There was an entire three-down season played without a final copy of the collective bargaining agreement, but it’s finally finalized. The agreement was for three years through the 2021 season and expires the day before 2022 training camps begin.
The NFLPA has opted for a much longer agreement with its league office compared to their CFL counterparts.