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NFL Declines Comment After 4 Hours of CBA Negotiations with NFLPA


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NFL Declines Comment After 4 Hours of CBA Negotiations with NFLPA

David Eulitt/Getty ImagesThe NFL and NFLPA met to discuss the league’s new collective bargaining agreement on Tuesday evening while in Indianapolis for the NFL combine.”Out of respect for the process, we will not have further comment at this time,” NFL PR chief Brian McCarthy told reporters once the meeting wrapped.NFL owners who attended all stayed…

NFL Declines Comment After 4 Hours of CBA Negotiations with NFLPA

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - JANUARY 19: A detail view of the NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE logo on the goal post stanchion before the AFC Championship Game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tennessee Titans at Arrowhead Stadium on January 19, 2020 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)

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The NFL and NFLPA met to discuss the league’s new collective bargaining agreement on Tuesday evening while in Indianapolis for the NFL combine.

“Out of respect for the process, we will not have further comment at this time,” NFL PR chief Brian McCarthy told reporters once the meeting wrapped.

NFL owners who attended all stayed mum while departing, The Athletic’s Lindsay Jones noted. She added that McCarthy “would not say if further meetings are scheduled.”

All eight members of the NFL Management Council Executive Committee attended the nearly 4-hour meeting, along with members of the NFLPA executive committee and board of representatives, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero tweeted. “Not yet clear if the board will vote on a proposed CBA tonight.” 

NFL owners approved the terms of a proposed CBA, which would last 10 years, on Feb. 20:

Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

Here is the memo that the NFL has accepted the terms of the new proposed CBA: https://t.co/yRYZc3anSB

However, the NFLPA delayed its vote on the proposal:

NFLPA @NFLPA

Our statement on today’s collective bargaining meeting: https://t.co/MVOODW65fV

There’s a prominent divide between players and owners about extending the regular season to 17 games. Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt and San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman were among the players publicly opposed to it:

JJ Watt @JJWatt

Hard no on that proposed CBA.

Richard Sherman @RSherman_25

Leadership! I am with you! Please communicate with your team rep. https://t.co/JucZbwqoa2

Richard Sherman @RSherman_25

🗣🗣🗣 https://t.co/PhPFNlHtgh

Richard Sherman @RSherman_25

@wingoz They couldn’t explain it when asked

Sherman, Los Angeles Chargers offensive lineman Russell Okung, Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Calais Campbell, New York Giants safety Michael Thomas and New England Patriots special teamer Matthew Slater were present for Tuesday’s meeting, per Pelissero.

The current CBA will expire following the 2020 season.

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