The NFL Players Association released a statement, saying they did not vote on the new proposed collective bargaining agreement and their vote has been delayed.
Instead of agreeing to the terms of the proposal approved by the NFL owners, the NFLPA released a statement to announce the two sides will meet next week.
Our statement on today's collective bargaining meeting: pic.twitter.com/MVOODW65fV
— NFLPA (@NFLPA) February 21, 2020
On Thursday, NFL owners met in New York City before approving proposed new CBA includes some major changes to the NFL as we know it. The new collective bargaining agreement will add a 17th week to the NFL schedule and expand the playoff format to include a 7th team in each conference. seventh team in each conference beginning with the 2020 season.
Proposed terms of the new CBA also reportedly include a reduction in preseason games and more lenient drug testing. The NFL is also reportedly offering its players a 48.5% share of league revenue, up from the current 47% share.
— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) February 21, 2020
While some see the the new CBA as an improvement from the current deal, many current players have been outspoken with their displeasure since news broke of the proposal approved by the owners.
Hard no on that proposed CBA.
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) February 21, 2020
NFL to Hold Draft Virtually
The 2020 NFL Draft will be conducted in a “fully virtual format,” Commissioner Roger Goodell announced in a memo to teams on Monday.
The Draft will still take place as scheduled from April 23-25th, but NFL teams will have to conduct it “entirely outside of their team facilities” with “club personnel in separate locations.” Personnel will be permitted to communicate with each other throughout the process by phone or Internet.
Now official: NFL now has informed teams it will do a virtual draft this year. GMs and HCs now will be drafting from their homes. pic.twitter.com/t2mbdjWvVZ— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 6, 2020
The league says that the decision to make the draft entirely virtual comes as it attempts to “comply with government directives and to model safe and appropriate health practices.”
The choice to hold the draft in an entirely virtual format comes as the league tries to balance the competitive integrity of the process with ensuring the health and safety of all those involved.
Goodell also acknowledged that some teams may be more advanced than others in having the resources to conduct the Draft in this way, but that the league is “confident that all clubs can take the necessary steps” to make it a success.
The NFL is still planning to televise the 2020, just in a simpler, studio format.
Antonio Brown Hires Agent
As part of his continued pursuit of returning to play in the NFL, Antonio Brown has hired veteran agent Ed Wasielewski of EMG Sports to represent him, the agent told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Monday.
This news comes only days after it was announced Brown will face charges from a January incident with a moving company in Broward County, Florida. Brown is also being investigated for sexual assault and rape.
The former NFL wide receiver had previously been represented by Drew Rosenhaus, before the famous agent decided to step away from representing Brown, even going as far as to say his client needed to seek mental help.
In other Antonio Brown news, and keeping with the polarizing tone to his career, Brown was named to the NFL’s All-Decade team.
Antonio Brown Facing Charges from January Incident
Antonio Brown’s road to redemption just got even more complicated. The former NFL receiver is reportedly facing charges that stem from a January incident.
Brown, who is already being investigated by the NFL for sexual assault and rape, has officially been charged with felony burglary conveyance, misdemeanor battery, and misdemeanor criminal mischief by authorities in Broward County, Florida.
Previously, Brown had been charged with felony burglary and battery after allegedly refusing to pay the driver for moving expenses and then physically confronting and assaulting the driver. According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, that charge was not included in the official list of counts Brown now faces.