The NFL and the NFL Players Association have passed the new Collective Bargaining Agreement according to multiple sources on Sunday morning. The new CBA will include an extra regular season game, expanded playoffs, and additional benefits for both current and retired players. The 14-team playoff structure will begin in 2020, while the 17-game season won’t start until 2021.
Assuming that those seasons run as scheduled.
Sources to ESPN: NFL players voted to approve the proposed CBA, giving the NFL 10 more years of labor peace, players an increased share of revenue, former players added benefits, and the league 17-game regular seasons along with an expanded playoff field.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 15, 2020
“We are pleased that the players have voted to ratify the proposed new CBA, which will provide substantial benefits to all current and retired players, increase jobs, ensure continued progress on player safety, and give our fans more and better football,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement on Sunday. “We appreciate the tireless efforts of the members of the Management Council Executive Committee and the NFLPA leadership, both of whom devoted nearly a year to detailed, good faith negotiations to reach this comprehensive, transformative agreement.”
The NFL also set the 2020 salary cap at $198.2 million, per Tom Pelissero — OvertheCap.com had been working on a presumed salary cap of $200 million, so this looks to be $2 million less than what many had been projecting. The Las Vegas Raiders look to have roughly $53.4 million in cap space for 2020.
The NFL Management Council just informed team officials the salary cap will be $198.2 million per club in 2020, per sources.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 15, 2020
But will they get to start using that money as of Monday? That’s the question that many are asking on Sunday morning, whether or not the NFL will continue ahead with its scheduled tampering period start time of 4 PM ET on Monday. Given the extenuating circumstances around the coronavirus and almost every major and minor sports league in the world shutting down, teams may want to wait to decide their financial situations for next season until the start date of next season is known.
One writer, Hub Arkush of Pro Football Weekly, reported that the NFL Draft could be delayed by a month, even if it was conducted remotely.
According to my sources NFL Draft extravaganza in Las Vegas is already off, just not announced yet, and actual Draft will be postponed until mid to late May as soon as NFLPA decision on new CBA is announced.— Hub Arkush (@Hub_Arkush) March 15, 2020
Teams do know that with the agreed CBA, they will only be able to use either their franchise tag or transition tag, not both, and the deadline to do so is tomorrow at noon — an extension was given last week because of the virus. The Raiders do not have any players expected to get either tag.