As the NFL and the players association continue to work through protocols in order to kick off training camp for the 2020 season, it appears the majority of issues are starting to get worked out. According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, a number of items the NFLPA shared with its players are taking shape.
Updates from NFLPA call with players tonight:— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 21, 2020
- No preseason games in 2020
- Union still pushing for longer ramp-up period in camp
- Roster sizes expected to be 80 to start camp
- General agreement on voluntary and high-risk opt-out
- General agreement on stipend if games lost
While the exact details are not public at this time, it appears the two sides have agreed on both the opt-out issue for high-risk players and a general stipend if games are lost.
With the report the NFL had already proposed no preseason games to the players per their wishes, it appears the biggest issue remaining is the exact ramp up period for players in training camp. Between testing protocols and team workouts, both sides are working together to bring the safest environment possible in regards to both COVID-19 and player injuries.
Now that the NFL has announced there will definitely be no preseason, it seems as if the bargaining chips are all falling into place.
NFLPA leadership told players on a conference call a few minutes ago there will be zero preseason games this year, sources say. Not a surprise given the league offered that but now all but official, according to the union.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) July 21, 2020
One item which will affect many players trying to make the bottom of the roster of an NFL team is the number of players brought to training camp looks like it will be reduced. So with less players to evaluate and no games in which to evaluate them, the chances of young players knocking veterans off of the roster will be diminished.
When it comes to the Pittsburgh Steelers, they are returning a high number of their players from 2019. Having a smaller turn around and being ranked high and continuity could give the Steelers an advantage to begin the 2020 season.
Stay tuned to Behind The Steel Curtain as details emerge as the NFL gets one step closer to starting the 2020 season.
UPDATE: The NFLPA has not signed off on 80-man training camp rosters at this point.
The NFL Management Council Executive Committee has not yet signed off on the 80-man roster, per source. There was discussion on giving teams option of keeping 90 and dividing the roster -- i.e. keep 10 on standby -- but union told players it wanted all teams to follow one rule. https://t.co/3kXYqVTiUH— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 21, 2020