In the latest CBA update, the date for the players to vote has been pushed back from March 12 to Saturday, March 14. According to Albert Breer, players wanted the union to produce a document comparing the 2011 CBA to the current proposal. The union wants players to have time to look at everything, given it’s a 10-year extension. The NFL is evaluating the franchise/transition tag deadline now as well. The current deadline is this Thursday at 1 p.m. PT. The important reason is teams can tag multiple players under Final League Year rules. If the new CBA is ratified, the team would have to rescind one tag. Tom Pelissero of NFL Network said that there is no change to the start of the legal tampering (March 16, 9 a.m. PT) and free agency (March 18, 1 p.m. PT.)
The players are still vocal about them getting a raw deal here. Ian Rapoport said three players that were vocal—Aaron Rodgers, J.J. Watt, and Russell Wilson—weren’t present at the NFLPA meeting to state their cases. Rap sheet has always sided with the shield over the players. Former San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid had his lawyers look over the documents:
“This proposal disproportionately empowers ownership, disproportionally enriches ownership, and disproportionately burdens the players with risks of the 10-year proposal.” That’s coming out swinging. The tweet has several good points, from even revenue sharing to the players being allowed to have a non-negotiable issue. There’s a point listed that I hadn’t thought about. How adding extra games during the regulars season and possibly the playoffs will shorten careers. That’s discussed as well.
This is all a big mess. Neither side is going to be happy. We’ll find out if the two-day window changes anything, and if the majority of players agree with the ones that are speaking out online. I’m sure this won’t be the last time we talk about the CBA before Saturday’s deadline.