The NFLPA Board of Player Representatives have voted to extend the voting deadline for ratification of the proposed new collective bargaining agreement to Saturday, March 14th at 11:59 PM.
An update on our CBA vote: pic.twitter.com/d8P5KoFYP6
— NFLPA (@NFLPA) March 9, 2020
Official ballots were sent to players last Thursday, with the original deadline set for a week later on March 12th.
The NFLPA voted to extend the deadline to “encourage all players to review the materials sent via email in order to make an informed decision.”
While the new league year is set to begin on time March 18th, the NFL is deciding if they will push back the tag deadline from this Thursday, March 12th at 4:00 PM, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Even with players pushing back the vote on the new CBA, the new NFL year has a firm March 18 start date, per source. However the NFL is evaluating whether to push back the tag deadline from 4 pm Thursday. https://t.co/aWAefv3yd0
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 9, 2020
This development is crucial for the Steelers who are still evaluating whether they will use their franchise tag on outside linebacker Bud Dupree.
Dupree, who is set to become a free agent if not tagged by the team, is coming off a career year in 2019, posting 11.5 sacks and 16 tackles-for-loss.