How the NFL and the NFLPA could make more concessions to players in the bargaining process
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By Mike DiRocco and Michael C. JohnsonNFL players, who are demanding concessions from the league in the collective bargaining process, are being pushed to the margins in the talks.
In fact, they’re being pushed further than ever, as the league and union officials are attempting to find common ground in the upcoming CBA negotiations.
The players are seeking to increase the amount of guaranteed money the NFL will give each team each year to pay for player-related benefits.
The goal is to put more money in the pockets of the players, but they’re also seeking concessions that will allow teams to negotiate longer contracts.
The players are also seeking guarantees on injuries, health and welfare of the retirees and the ability to make collective bargaining concessions with the owners in the future.
While the players are not asking for concessions on health care, the players union wants a larger minimum benefit amount than the NFL has been willing to give each year.
The union wants to pay a $15 million per year minimum guarantee to each team.
The average annual salary for an NFL player is about $2.3 million.
The NFLPA is demanding a $16 million per team guarantee for player health insurance.
If the players and the league agree on these amounts, they could potentially get a deal that will give more guaranteed money to each franchise and allow the league to negotiate a longer contract with its players.
While it’s not a guarantee that players will be able to negotiate long-term contracts, the proposed increase in guaranteed money could increase the likelihood of players reaching a deal.
By Mike DiRocco and Michael C. JohnsonNFL players, who are demanding concessions from the league in the collective bargaining process,…
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