This week, the new Collective Bargaining Agreement proposal has been a hot topic around the NFL.
The new CBA would include an expanded playoff field along with a 17th regular-season game for all teams.
Many fans have been excited about more playoff teams and regular season football.
Players, on the other hand, seem to have some issue with the proposal.
Hard no on that proposed CBA.
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) February 21, 2020
I laid out an article earlier this week on our website about how this might impact the Cleveland Browns.
Wide receiver Jarvis Landry weighed in on the new proposal on Twitter earlier.
It seems he is not a fan of the proposal and even hints at a potential player strike, or even a lockout, if the proposal is approved.
Look like y’all better start getting y’all XFL tv packages together!!
— Jarvis Juice Landry (@God_Son80) February 21, 2020
Earlier this week, NFL owners met to discuss the new CBA.
The proposal was approved, which now sends it to the NFL players and their representatives.
The 32 NFL player reps will need to approve it by at least a two-thirds majority in order for it to be sent directly to the players.
At that point, it only needs to pass by a simple majority to go into effect.
The voting of this proposal would bring an end to labor discussions for the next ten years.
It is a big debate between NFL owners and players with the parties being split on their thoughts.
Tom Pelissero reported on Thursday that many players have already expressed their thoughts on the proposal, and they are not a fan, per NFL.com.
“Seventeen games is something that the veteran players who are a member of that board of representatives do not take lightly,” Pelissero said Thursday. “They see the impact that’ll have on future generations of players. The fact that once you go to 17 games, you probably can never go back to 16 games. You can expect some spirited discussion of that and other matters, especially because when you look at the macro-economic impact of this proposed deal, it is substantial.”
Part of the issue does indeed stem from that added 17th game.
The salary for the 17th game is capped at $250,000 per the proposal, even if a player would make more from his annual salary.
As a result, guys like Jarvis Landry and other stars around the league would get cheated out of their usual game-day check.
What makes Landry’s outburst so critical is the fact that he is the Browns’ rep for the players union.
Because of that, his opinions will carry more weight.
The executive council of the NFLPA voted against the proposal by a 6-5 count.
However, a full vote from the entire player’s body is still to come, so it’s hard to predict the outcome.
If nothing can be agreed upon though, the NFL could see a work stoppage and lockout, the first for the league since 2011.
It’s not a guarantee, but the potential for one is certainly there.
Richard Sherman actually predicted a lockout for the 2021 season back in 2018, per USA Today Sports.
With the XFL on the rise, that would not be ideal for the NFL.
The current CBA is set to expire after this upcoming season.