As of Sunday morning, a new CBA has been approved by players in a 1,019-959 decision. The ratification of the new CBA means a potential expanded regular season, going from 16 to 17 games - teams have a window until 2023 to discuss how a 17-game season would work - and an expanded playoff field, increasing from 12 to 14 teams.
Sources to ESPN: NFL players voted to approve the proposed CBA, giving the NFL 10 more years of labor peace, players an increased share of revenue, former players added benefits, and the league 17-game regular seasons along with an expanded playoff field.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 15, 2020
There is plenty more to read and learn regarding the new CBA and if you care to do so, this is a good place to start:
What you need to know about the new NFL CBA: Biggest changes and what's new: https://t.co/025yystPKf— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) March 15, 2020
Most of the changes will not go into effect until the 2021 season, but one thing that will change for this coming season is the money going towards the players, specifically those on the lower-earning side of the spectrum. The rookie minimum is set to be around $510,000 with the potential to rise to $610,000 if the deal is signed for the 2020 season.
For those players with set contracts based on 16-game regular seasons, they will earn an extra 1/17th of their salary if they are on a roster for the 17th game.
Check out the above link to learn more, but it looks like the NFL has one more obstacle out of its’ way en route to the 2020 season. Now, let’s get to the dang draft.