The NFL Players Association (NFLPA) will jump on a conference call on Friday to discuss the negotiated terms of a potential new collective bargaining agreement (CBA), which NFL owners agreed to on Thursday. Now, it is in the hands of the players. If voted to pass by the NFLPA's team representatives, it will then go to the rest of the league's players for a vote.

Players, like San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman and Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, have already voiced their opposition to the new proposal. Much of that opposition surrounds the inclusion of a 17-game regular season for each team.


The current CBA, last ratified in 2011, expires at the end of the 2020 season.

The NFLPA on Thursday sent out the following fact sheet to the 32 player representatives. It offers a breakdown of what is included in the proposal and was shared by sports lawyer Darren Heitner.

» WAGES/ECONOMICS

  • 47% of AR in 2020, plus —$100M in new Player Costs above current CBA for 2020
  • Guaranteed 48% share of revenue in 2021, with ability to increase the percentage to 48.5% share through a media kicker which applies in any season the league plays 17 games
  • Projected increase of — $5 billion to players during course of a new 10-year deal
  • MINIMUM SALARIES
  • $100K increase in 2020 for Rookie Minimums, another $50K increase in 2021 and then $45K increase each year after
  • At least $90K increase in 2020 for other minimum salaried players; $80K to $105K increase in 2021 and then $45K increase each year after
  • Right to use Rookie Distribution pool to provide additional payments to players at minimum salaries to keep minimum salaries in-line with cap growth
  • Increase in minimum salary benefit
  • Creation of new 4-year player benefit: up to an additional $1.25M in salary excluded from the cap for up to 2 players
  • Bonus payment of 1/17 of his paragraph 5 salary up to $250K to any player whose contract runs through a season when 17 games is played
  • Additional cap room per club in 2021 if 17 games is implemented and media kicker does not reach 48.5%
  • Performance Based Pay increased to $8.5M in 2020 and $10M in 2021, with annual increases thereafter
  • Increase average Minimum Team Cash Spending to 90% over tranches of 3-3-4 year periods
  • $100K increase for ROFR Original Round Tender; $250K increase for first and second round Tenders for Restricted Free Agents
  • Raises for Practice Squad Players to $10.5K per week; total number of 12 players increasing to 14 players, with two unlimited Accrued Seasons players
  • Guaranteed Funding Rule increase to $15M per club in 2020 and to $17M in 2029
  • 5th Year Options fully guaranteed for 4th and 5th years at the time option is exercised; Amount of Option dependent on player achievement and no longer based on which slot selected in first round
  • Increase in pay for all offseason activities
  • Proven Performance Escalators for 2nd-round picks; Super Escalator for rounds 2-7 in 4th year
  • Gambling definitions that ensures money is included in players' definition of All Revenue, including portions of non-football activities

» HOURS -- Training Camp

  • Introduction of 5-day acclimation period
  • 5-hour limit on padded and full speed practices
  • Limit time at facility during a given work day
  • Limit of 16 days in pads
  • No more than 3 consecutive days for 3 out of the 5 weeks
  • No more than 2 consecutive days for 2 out of 5 weeks
  • 3-day weekend at end of camp if 17 games is implemented
  • 2 days off in the first week, one day every 7 thereafter
  • Limit of 4 Joint Practices if 3 preseason games

» IMPROVEMENTS TO WORKING CONDITIONS

  • Mandated improvements to visiting team locker rooms
  • Establish standards for rehabilitation facilities, training rooms and equipment for each club
  • Active squad increased by one offensive lineman
  • Development of improved safety metrics for fields

» BENEFIT INCREASES

Active Players

  • Pension increase of 10%
  • 401K matching contribution increased to $30K, annual increases thereafter
  • Annuity increased to $110K per year; increasing by $15K every other year
  • Tuition reimbursement -- increases for active and former players
  • Life Insurance
  • HRA increased to $35K with increases thereafter of to $50K per season, with overall limit increasing from $350K to $450K
  • Adding vision coverage to healthcare plan
  • Injury Protection of 100% of salary up to $2.0M and Extended Injury Protection of 100% of salary up to $1.0M
  • Termination Pay -- Increase in mid-season signing benefit to 3S% of remaining salary or 2 weeks salary at the applicable minimum salary amount; right to collect a second time in some instances
  • Practice Squad players eligible for $5K of tuition benefits/year and 401K with $1500 match

Former Players

  • Retroactive increase to $550 per month for all pre-2012 vested players
  • Expand pension eligibility to all former players with three credited seasons
  • Establish a $50,000 HRA for vested veterans with no HRA
  • Creation of new network of hospitals in each team city for former players to receive no cost physicals, preventative care, mental health counseling, and out-patient orthopedic services. Coverage of common surgeries to be phased in during course of deal.

» RIGHTS

  • Clear parameters for ownership and usage of player data from sensors
  • Overall reduction in on-field fines
  • Reduction in club fines
  • Implementation of a neutral decision-maker for most Commissioner Discipline cases
  • Changes to Drug Policy
  • Narrows the testing window of THC from four months to two weeks at the start of training camp
  • Reduces the penalties to players who test positive for THC, eliminating any game suspensions strictly for positive tests
  • Reduces the number of players subjected to testing for THC
  • Increases the nanogram limit from 35 to 150
  • Right to be paid over a 34-week pay period vs. 17 weeks
  • New workers comp process to enable easier filing for players, making injury care more accessible


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