Player representatives from the NFL Player Association voted to agree to terms with the NFL owners on the conditions for a 2020 collective bargaining agreement. For football fans, this means that NFL teams will begin training camp next week, as scheduled.

According to a statement released by the NFLPA, representatives voted to adopt the rules of the 2020 CBA by a vote of 29-3.

This good news for football fans arrives as coaches, team presidents, and general managers come to an agreement via conference call. The discussion, and ultimately the agreement, came from a conversation around player health and safety throughout all football activities as well as team finances and a salary cap.

Conditions of the agreement included an 80-player training camp roster; however, the majority of the deal focused on revenue of teams and how the players will get paid. The salary cap for each team didn’t change from $198.2 million, but what was added was a cap floor at $175 million for the 2021 season. For 2020, players who are deemed “high-risk” due to the COVID-19 pandemic were given the option to sit out and receive $350,000 as well as a year of NFL service time. Those who choose to sit out the 2020 season but are not considered “high-risk” to COVID-19 are able to receive $150,000

Conversations between the NFLPA and the league have been fairly contentious throughout the break in sports due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently, household-name caliber players, including JJ Watt of the Houston Texans, have been publicly voicing their concerns about the season on social media. On Sunday via Twitter, Watt listed his concerns along with the concerns of some teammates followed with the statement “We Want To Play.” This statement was then retweeted by reigning NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs.

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