NFLPA Player Reps Vote to Approve New CBA Changes for 2020 Season
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell smiles before answering a question during a news conference for the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

The individual player representatives from the NFL Players Association approved the NFL’s amendments to the collective bargaining agreement, clearing the path for a 2020 season, the union announced on Friday. The vote was 29-3 in favor of the proposed amendments. 

Statement from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell:

Part of the deal includes keeping this year’s salary cap at $198.2 million and setting a minimum cap of $175 million for 2021.

Albert Breer of The MMQB reported Friday the latest proposal represents a $10 million increase of next year’s cap from the league’s previous offer. Any further financial deficit created by the coronavirus pandemic would be spread across the following four years (2022-25).

Next year’s salary cap would be no lower than $175m. If revenues are better than expected, it could be higher. If worse, it would have to be accounted for in future years through 2024. But a cap minimum to assure a reasonable floor in 2021 was important to the players.

The sides were working to sort out the final details of an agreement with training camps scheduled to open as early as next Tuesday. The NFLPA executive committee announced it unanimously voted to recommend the changes to the player base:

A statement following our Executive Committee meeting:

The NFLPA previously informed the players there wouldn’t be any preseason games, another victory in negotiations as players attempt to limit exposure risk amid the coronavirus pandemic until the start of the regular season in September, according to NFL Network.

Other topics still being worked on were the length of the acclimation period early in training camp, opt-out rights for players and how to handle payout of contracts based on whether they are guaranteed.

Clarity on this point on base salaries: Any amount not paid in 2020 becomes guaranteed in the future year for the player. Just won’t be paid right now. If a player is a free agent, there is a pool of money from the NFL to make up any shortfall in future contract.

With the final hurdles cleared, the odds of getting the 2020 season underway as scheduled have improved markedly.

Week 1 is set to take place beginning Sept. 10 as the reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs host the Houston Texans.

The regular season will run through Jan. 3 followed by the playoffs, which will conclude with Super Bowl LV on Feb. 7 if everything remains on schedule

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell previously said the league was “prepared to make adjustments” if issues arise because of the pandemic after the offseason took place in a virtual format.

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