It’s another unremarkable day in the NFL offseason, with Thursday marking 13 more days until the start of free agency and seven more weeks until the 2020 NFL Draft in Las Vegas. However, with so much talk recently about the CBA proposal that NFL owners have sent to the players for their vote, there has been a significant development on that front.
Specifically, the full draft CBA has been released publicly for players, agents and fans to review, and voting has now reportedly started on the agreement.
Specifically, player voting will close at 11:59 pm ET on Thursday, March 12.— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) March 5, 2020
So, some sort of news seems likely in the coming days, as it probably won’t require the full time period until next Thursday at midnight to determine if the vote was a yes or no. With a simple majority needed to carry the day, as soon as either side receives one more vote than half of the membership of the NFLPA, there is no need to continue counting. Some players, such as Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks, Richard Sherman of the San Francisco 49ers and Russell Okung of the Carolina Panthers, have come out against the deal, while others have expressed their support for the deal.
In releasing the full text of the CBA, more insight has been gained into multiple areas of the league’s operations, including the full formula for comp pick calculations being included in the document. This particular note could be big, as it will allow for teams and observers to more accurately calculate the comp pick calculations in free agency, while also making possibly significant changes to the calculations. Nick Korte, the comp pick expert at OverTheCap.com (and an excellent follow on Twitter at @nickkorte) has stated that he will perform a review of the comp picks projected to be awarded in the 2020 draft because if the new formula is applied, it could change some of the picks which would be awarded.
In any case, with players now set to vote, the countdown is on to whether there will be labor peace for another eleven NFL seasons, or if a 2021 work stoppage could become a very real possibility.