Browns OL JC Tretter elected as new NFLPA President
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the NFLPA has a new President. As of Tuesday, Cleveland Browns offensive lineman, JC Tretter has filled that role, being voted in by the board of representatives.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 10, 2020
Things have been a little shaky for the NFLPA lately. The newly proposed CBA deal is not going over well with a pretty large portion of NFL players. And that means they aren’t all that happy with the NFLPA.
So this could be the perfect time for a new President. JC Tretter has a chance to help them repair their image with some of the players that aren’t happy, while keeping the strong relationships going.
For now though, Tretter doesn’t have the easiest job. He’s entering while the league is trying to get a new CBA deal through. As mentioned, it’s a CBA deal that has been pretty heavily contested.
Eric Winston was the President before Tretter. And you could imagine people might have been wary about changing the regime during this time. Clearly, the board felt that Tretter was up for the job though.
It looks like he’s ready to get to work too, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.
New NFLPA president J.C. Tretter's platform didn't focus on his personal views of the proposed CBA that players are voting on, I'm told.
Rather, Tretter focused on unity and moving forward either way — with a deal through 2030, or a new fight ahead.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 10, 2020
It’s probably a smart move not to focus on personal views. Tretter wants to unify everyone and get things on the right track. The best way to do that probably wouldn’t be to let his feelings known.
Doing that would likely only divide players even more, as now there would be a portion of players who already didn’t agree with his stance. Instead, it seems he wants to go the diplomatic approach.
It will be interesting to see how Tretter’s tenure goes. A Cornell product, you’d imagine he’s up to the task.