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.
The NFLPA informed its board of representatives today that the NFL proposed 35% of player salaries be held in escrow to help manage costs during the 2020 season, per sources.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 7, 2020
It's one option on the table if revenue is impacted leaguewide by COVID-19.
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.
Last night @TomPelissero said the NFLPA told the NFL to “kick rocks” on the proposal to hold some 2020 salary in escrow. A well-placed player source tells me this morning the chances are “less than zero percent” the players will accept that. The union is firmly dug in.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) July 8, 2020
As for player reactions, there were plenty of them.
Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson and the Saints’ Michael Thomas were two of the first to publicly show their displeasure over the proposal.
https://t.co/PWFLRs9UEt pic.twitter.com/j0lm0X0CLB— Allen Robinson II (@AllenRobinson) July 8, 2020
Lol everyone will sit out and not play until they get their stuff together before we do this https://t.co/cqOuQfQvr8— Michael Thomas (@Cantguardmike) July 7, 2020
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.
Shit nah i want all my chicken! Don’t hold shit of mine! https://t.co/BDCieNSxlO— Nino (@qdiggs6) July 8, 2020