The NFL Players Association on Thursday morning sent out the official ballots for the proposed CBA to its membership body, and players have seven days to review the documentation and then submit their votes.
The deadline is March 12 at 11:59 p.m. ET, the NFLPA said in a statement.
The votes will be submitted electronically, with a third party tabulating the votes.
If the majority rules in favor of the new collective bargaining agreement, then the labor deal between the players and owners will take effect this year.
The NFLPA’s 32 player reps voted 17-14-1 last week to approve the deal. Then came the entire player body vote.
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The new deal includes an increase of player revenue from 47% to 48% and potentially 48.5%. The increase will equate to roughly $5 billion extra for the players over the 10-year life of the deal. Minimum salaries will increase by $100,000, rookie contract structure will change and health benefits will improve. However, the regular season will expand to 17 games — a source of contention among players. The playoffs will also expand to 14 teams, which was likely to happen regardless of a new CBA.
High profile players such as Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, J.J. Watt, Richard Sherman and Russell Okung have criticized the proposed deal, though it’s unclear how much weight their voices will carry.
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