The NFL owners have voted on moving forward with the current proposal for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement beginning in the 2020 season.
NFL owners voted today to accept the negotiated terms on a proposed new CBA. Up to the players now.— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) February 20, 2020
With the owners officially agreeing on this version of the CBA, it will now be up to the players to either accept or reject the agreement. It will take a vote of twi-thirds of the player representatives in order for the proposal to go to a vote by individual players. Only a simple majority of the player vote is necessary to accept the agreement.
The owners needed a three-fourths vote to approve in order to send the proposal to the players. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, it was not a unanimous decision by the owners.
NFL owners were not unanimous in the approval of the proposed CBA, per source. Not every owner voted for it.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 20, 2020
Even though it appears the ball is now in the players court, they simply can accept or reject the proposal. It appears as if a counter proposal would push the negotiations until the 2021 off-season as the league feels it needs to have rules in place before teams get into their regular business of the 2020 season.
Owners also voted today to move forward under the terms of the current CBA if players don’t vote to approve. League’s official statement days clubs and players need to “know the rules they will operate under by next week.”— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) February 20, 2020
Beginning next Tuesday, teams can use both the franchise and transition tags on players. Being the final year of the CBA, teams can actually use one of each type of tag. A new CBA would not allow teams to designate multiple players, hence the need to know if a new agreement would be in place.
The full statement released by the NFL regarding the owners voting to approve this version of the CBA can be seen below.
Full NFL statement on today’s news. pic.twitter.com/ZNPjLRDJNL— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) February 20, 2020