NFL training camps will start as scheduled on July 28th. Even though the date to open camps was already announced and on the calendar, it was still somewhat up in the air until the league and the NFL Players Association officially agreed on a deal. The NFL held a conference call Friday afternoon to make the agreement known.
A statement following our Executive Committee meeting: pic.twitter.com/pSkq369jeh
— NFLPA (@NFLPA) July 24, 2020
The NFLPA Executive Committee voted Friday to recommend the economic proposal and other changes to the Collective Bargaining Agreement. This now means the salary cap will go unchanged for the 2020 season. The agreement also states that next year’s salary cap would be at least $175 million. While it will likely increase beyond that, it was important to set a floor amount so team’s could begin planning for the future.
NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reported that the proposal could also include more of a pay-as-you-go model, allowing owners to not be entirely on the hook for guaranteed base salaries if the season stopped in the middle.
Also, the owners have approved the proposed 16-man practice squads, high risk and general opt-out programs and zero preseason games ahead of the 2020 season.
In addition to the economic impact, the new CBA includes a changed playoff format and an extra game added to the schedule.