By the thinnest of margins, the NFLPA has ratified the new collective bargaining agreement. According to Ian Rapoport, the final vote was 1,019 players in favor and 959 against. Mike Florio added that the coronavirus news played a major factor in the vote, swaying many players who saw COVID-19 as a reason to lock in financial security in a time of nationwide economic uncertainty.
"We are pleased that the players have voted to ratify the proposed new CBA, which will provide substantial benefits to all current and retired players, increase jobs, ensure continued progress on player safety, and give our fans more and better football," commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement on Sunday. "We appreciate the tireless efforts of the members of the Management Council Executive Committee and the NFLPA leadership, both of whom devoted nearly a year to detailed, good faith negotiations to reach this comprehensive, transformative agreement."
Here is what you need to know about the deal.
-- The new 14-team playoff format will go into effect immediately. Each conference will add a No. 7 seed with the No. 2 seed no longer getting a bye. That means there will be two extra games played during the Wild Card Round.
-- A 17-game regular season has been approved but it won't be implemented until 2021 at the soonest. The league is still working out the logistics of where that 17th-game will be played. There's a thought that NFC teams will get an extra home game one year and then AFC teams will get the extra home game the following year.
-- The league can now negotiate new television broadcast deals without the worry of a lockout. Should new deals reach 120% of the previous deals, the players will see their revenue share jump to 48.8%. Players will also get a cut on any future in-stadium sports gambling as well.
-- Active rosters will remain at 53, but gameday rosters will jump to 48 from 46. One of those two extra active players on gamedays must be an offensive lineman. Teams will also be able to move up to two practice squad players to the active roster without having to make a corresponding roster move. Those players can be moved back to the practice squad without being subject to the waiver system.
-- Only 16 padded practices will be allowed during training camp, which was one of the main trade offs for a 17-game season. That's down from 28. In addition, teams can't hold padded practices for more than three consecutive days.
-- The franchise tag and the transition tag remain, but teams can only use one each year. That's notable for teams like the Cowboys, who have Amari Cooper and Dak Prescott set to become free agents. Should Dallas want to keep both, they'd have to strike a deal on a new contract with one of them.
-- All minimum contracts will see an immediate $100,000 boost annually. That was one of the biggest selling points on the new CBA for players.
-- The salary cap will increase to $198 million in 2020, up five percent from last year. That will give all teams extra cash to spend during free agency. There's belief that league-wide spending will be up when free agency begins due to the new CBA being ratified.
-- The new CBA will run through 2030.
NFLPA ratifies new CBA; here's what you need to know originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest