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NFL proposes to hold back portion of player salaries in 2020

As expected, the players are not fans.

NFL: JAN 30 Super Bowl LIV - NFLPA Press Conference Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

On Tuesday evening, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported on the NFLPA being informed of the NFL’s proposal to retain 35% of player salaries in escrow this year “to help manage costs during the 2020 season.” It’s currently one option on the table to help mitigate lost revenue for the future and I’m sure it’s not the last we’ll hear of something like this being discussed.

Your first thought to reading the above proposal might have been, “Whoa, the players are probably not going to like that.” Well, you would be absolutely correct. According to Pelissero, the NFLPA essentially told the NFL to “kick rocks” over any proposal that would not pay the players their full salaries in 2020.

As for player reactions, there were plenty of them.

Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson and the SaintsMichael Thomas were two of the first to publicly show their displeasure over the proposal.

If you were a bystander for the dispute between Major League Baseball and their union, then you know just how messy these things can get in a short amount of time. God forbid they delay the season even more than it already is because of a conflict that breaks out due to the owners not wanting to pay they are supposed to in 2020.