NFL Owners & Players Reach Endzone On New Contract
Looks like there will be NFL football this season afterall. The NFL players representatives voted unanimously on Monday to accept a new 10-year collective bargaining agreement meaning training camps could start up by the end of the week. It also means the NFL free agency period which normally spans two months will now be completed in a matter of just a few days.
In the economy that we're in this is a great deal for both the players and the owners. Current players get lifetime medical coverage, reduced mandatory workouts (5 weeks less) and fewer full-equipment practices, additional retirement benefits, guaranteed injury payouts over the term of a player's contract and 55 percent of TV money.
One major point the owners wanted was an 18-game regular season and two preseason games. They didn't get it but there's wording in the new CBA (collective bargaining agreement) that could open the door for that to happen.
The owners got a rookie salary scale meaning rookie players no longer will receive those incredibly large contracts including signing bonuses before they even set foot on the field. Each team will have a $142-million salary cap.
For the fans they get to watch the game they love. Pending official approval of the new CBA, Bills training camp is scheduled to begin this weekend at St. John Fisher College outside of Rochester.
(Contributed by Dale Mussen)