As most of us were sleeping, some big developments happened which could directly impact the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a franchise and fans. The 32 NFL Players Association team representatives decided to send the proposed collective bargaining agreement to the union for vote.
In a tweet from NFL.com’s Tom Pelissero:
A few notes on NFLPA reps voting overnight to pass along proposed CBA to all players:— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) February 26, 2020
- Vote was 17-14 (1 abstained)
- Owners agreed to remove $250K cap on 17th game check for existing contracts, but rejected proposal to shorten offseason
- Timing of final vote to ratify TBD
The 17th game cap is reportedly a big tipping point for the players, as it would have limited those making more than $250k per game to just that amount for the extra game played.
As Pelissero’s tweet reports, the ‘when’ on the player vote is yet to be known, but with the pace the discussions escalated to an offer from the owners, and then from the player reps to this decision, we should anticipate the vote coming sooner rather than later.
Pelissero also later mentioned on the social media platform the vote will be done electronically, allowing players on vacation or living away from their team’s vicinity to participate in the decision regardless of where they may be geographically.
An agreement before the 2020 season is big, not only because of the ramifications it would have on the upcoming league year, but because of the potential of a work stoppage coming in 2021 if the new agreement is not accepted.
The overall impression is that the players will likely vote to accept the new collective bargaining agreement once it’s pass through player representatives like Ali Marpet for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
It’s done so now, so all we have left is to wait and see if the majority of voting players accepts the new terms.