NFL players are voting on the owners’ proposed collective-bargaining agreement, and one prominent player has already revealed that he’s not a fan.
Russell Wilson, quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, came out against the proposal Wednesday morning, posting a tweet that explained his decision.
— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) February 26, 2020
Wilson is the first prominent, highly paid player to voice his opposition to the proposal. He doesn’t specifically mention what he’s objecting to, but it could be the continued lack of guaranteed contracts in the NFL. All contracts in MLB are guaranteed, as are most contracts in the NBA. The NFL still doesn’t require guaranteed contracts, which can deny players millions of dollars.
Wilson also referred the rushed nature of these negotiations, which has made at least one of the 32 player representatives suspicious.
Talking to 1 of the 32 players reps right now who told me they feel like " a lot of stuff is being rushed to get finished. To me I think the whole thing feels rushed , real quick. You know, that's a negotiation strategy on the owners' (part). Apparently it's worked."
— ig: josinaanderson (@JosinaAnderson) February 26, 2020
NFL Players Association president Eric Winston responded to the concerns of Wilson and the anonymous player rep on Wednesday afternoon. Winston doesn’t believe the process has been rushed at all.
No one is rushing into anything. We have spent the last 300 days listening to our guys and negotiating this deal. The proposal will be sent to all players and if somebody doesn’t like the terms once they’ve seen the entire package, I understand. That’s why every player gets a https://t.co/DT1DpeZdKd
— Eric Winston (@ericwinston) February 26, 2020
It didn’t appear that any changes were made to the NFL’s CBA proposal before the player representatives voted to send the NFL’s CBA proposal to a full membership vote on Tuesday night, and now the NFL players will vote to approve or reject it.
Wilson isn’t usually one to rock the boat with his decisions, so him coming out against it is significant. Now we have to wait and see if anyone else joins him.
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