He still hasn’t come out and said it, but the NFLPA team rep for the Steelers Ramon Foster appears to be supporting his fellow representatives who have come out to say why they voted yes on the proposal. Having already outlined the statements Foster made previously about his feelings of those who have not respected the negotiation process, one can read between the lines in just a simple retweet as how Foster viewed the situation in which the representatives voted 17-14-1.
After Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers came out explaining why he voted against the proposal, Steelers alternative representative to the NFLPA Cameron Heyward made a response about players complaining about voluntary workouts not being reduced enough in exchange for a 17th game in the regular season.
If you say you said NO strictly based on player health and you can’t put a price on that. I get you and completely understand. BUT to say offseason voluntary workouts need to be changed or we nix deal because of a workout bonus ain’t right. Note to self never do a workout bonus— Cam Heyward (@CamHeyward) February 27, 2020
I appreciate everyone’s opinion but i can’t cry wolf about voluntary workouts.— Cam Heyward (@CamHeyward) February 27, 2020
While Heyward and Foster seem to have inside knowledge more than anybody else on the Steelers, simply disagreeing with the whole voluntary workout sticking point did not necessarily mean that a vote from the Steelers was yes or no. But when another player, Detroit Lions representative Devon Kennard, puts his thoughts out on Twitter as to why he voted yes, it became a little more clear which way the Steelers’ representatives were leaning when Foster shared the tweet.
For those of you who are unable to view the images from the tweet, they are posted below:
Once again, simply retweeting the statement did not say that Ramon Foster voted yes. But it also doesn’t give much hope at all that he voted no. More important than anything, Foster wants players to be informed. And while Rogers reasons for voting no seem to be more from the perspective of the top 1% of the league, hearing the thoughts of a player most Steeler fans are not familiar with may give some indication as to why this deal would be good for the majority. Neither side gets everything they wanted in a negotiation, and neither side should leave the table happy if they are truly compromising. The fact that all owners did not vote in favor of the proposal says that both sides are completely satisfied with what they are gaining versus what they are giving up. But as NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero explains, it’s going to be pretty hard for the majority of the league to turn down a significant pay raise.
A primary reason NFL players are expected to ratify the proposed CBA: Nearly 60% of league makes minimum base salaries, which would spike immediately by over 20% and eclipse $1 million for all players by 2029. From term sheet NFLPA sent to agents (in 1000s, by credited seasons): pic.twitter.com/kRbLlzqGjO— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) February 27, 2020
The final vote for players is expected within the next two weeks.