Another day, another CBA update. The NFLPA has a new president, as Cleveland Browns center JC Tretter will be taking on the job this season. Tretter was elected over Bucs linebacker Sam Acho and Giants safety Michael Thomas. Both of those players are on the union’s executive committee. Panthers tackle Russell Okung was expected to be a candidate, but he pulled out after filing a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board about the conduct of the NFLPA staff. Tretter takes over for former NFL offensive tackle Eric Winston, who held the same title since March 2014.
The other news as we wait to see if the CBA will be ratified is the league has extended the franchise tag deadline, per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. The NFLPA and NFL Management Council agreed to extend the franchise/transition tag deadline to 8:59:59 a.m. PT Monday. The original deadline was scheduled for this Thursday at 1 p.m. PT. That was after being pushed from March 10. This is newsworthy for the San Francisco 49ers because it gives them a few more days to try and negotiate a long-term deal with star defensive lineman Arik Armstead. If the CBAA isn’t passed, teams can employ both the franchise and transition tags in 2020. Moving the deadline until after the players’ CBA vote eliminates the need for teams to use both tags and then be forced to rescind one tender if the agreement passes. That matters for teams like the Dallas Cowboys, who have to make decisions on two players, like Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper.
Once that deadline closes, the negotiating window for free agency opens on Monday. Get ready for Adam Schefter to unload a bunch of signings he’s been sitting on once that happens. There will be transactions galore. We’ll see if the 49ers will be big players early on in free agency. With their cap situation, I have my doubts.
Sherman voted to NFLPA’s executive committee
Sherman didn’t run for president of the NFLPA, but he was voted by his peers to become a member of the executive committee. He was selected by the Board of Player representatives. The other members were Ben Watson, Thomas Morstead, Thomas, Acho, Calais Campbell, Malcolm Jenkins, Wesley Woodyard, and Alex Mack.