NFL owners’ proposed collective bargaining agreement will be voted on by the players for final approval, but some have already spoken out about it and they are not happy.
The deal would include a switch to a 17-game season and an expanded postseason.
Here are some other items listed in the proposed deal, per ESPN:
- A cap on the number of international games and that there would not be a full week of such contests. More likely is a continued mix of games in England (and other European sites) and Mexico. Most team schedules will have nine home games and eight road games in alternating years.
- Training camp padded practices would be reduced from a total of 28 to 16. A five-day acclimation period would precede summer practices. There would be more days off during camp — eight instead of five — and a limit on joint practices.
- No extra bye week in the regular season, something that had been discussed. However, teams basically would have two weeks to prepare for the season opener, with the elimination of the fourth preseason game.
- Rosters would expand from 53 to 55, with 48 players able to dress for games rather than the current 46. Practice squads would go from 10 players to 12 and eventually to 14, probably by 2022. There would be more flexibility for protecting practice squad players from becoming free agents.
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson took to Twitter on Wednesday and blasted the deal, while indicating he is voting no.
He wasn’t the only upset QB on this day as Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers took to Twitter to explain his vote, which seemed to center on the extra games players would have to play.
Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey also weighed in, but did so in a very profanity laced way.
“I vote no,” Pouncey said. “F— that s—. Our NFLPA, the dudes at the top, the leaders … They ain’t looking out for the best for the players.”