The NFL is either on the verge of a new fan-friendly look or the beginning of a gap between owners and players.
The owners voted on Thursday (not unanimously) to accept the negotiated parameters of a new collective agreement, which includes a regular season with 17 games to be introduced in 2021 or 2022, fewer pre-season games and an immediate expansion to 14 playoff teams , The Post confirmed.
They also put pressure on the NFL Players Association, implying that this is the final offer before the start of a new league year on March 18. This date is a soft deadline for both sides as the new CBA could replace the last year of the existing pact.
The NFLPA will hold a conference call on Friday to discuss whether all players should vote. A simple majority is required to pass.
"Since the clubs and players must have a system and know the rules by which they will work until next week, membership has also approved to move forward in the last year of the 2011 CBA if the players choose not to approve the negotiated terms." The NFL said in a statement.
John Mara, co-owner of Giants, chairman of the NFL Executive Committee, said he could "say nothing" when he left Conrad New York on Thursday. Others also declined.
"No deal will be made until the players vote," NFLPA President Eric Winston wrote on Twitter.
One reason for the rush of the "next week" is the planning of the free agency.
Typically, teams in the final year of the CBA can use both the transition tag and the franchise tag to keep two players out of the free market. Under a new CBA, teams could only use one of these tags, as was the case in other years.
For example, the cowboys could not bar both the quarterback Dak Prescott and the wide receiver Amari Cooper from the free agency with tags. You would have to reach an agreement to extend the contract with one and risk losing the other in free hand.
If another team signs a franchise player (a one-year contract with an average of five top salaries over the past five years), they must hand over two draft picks for the first round. There is no compensation for the loss of a player with a transition day (average of the top 10 salaries). The original team can match any offer in any case.
The owners could still try to force an additional playoff team and game into every conference for 2020, even without a new CBA, as first reported by the Washington Post. This could be interpreted as a threat.
The NFL tried to expand the schedule in 2014, but fell apart against the recoil of the NFLPA, which sees it as a working condition. Now the union needs it as a lever.
According to several reports, player salaries for the 17th game would be limited to $ 250,000, so players who earn more than $ 4.25 million a season under current contracts would play an additional game for less money than that first 16 in 2021 or 2022.
The owners would grant the players up to 48.5 percent of the revenue under the proposal. Players who have spoken out disagree as to whether this revenue – an estimated $ 2.5 billion to $ 5 billion increase over 10 years based on the next television contract – will be in a security-conscious era when contact is in practice will take place, additional physical damage are also further restricted.