Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers clarified his reasons for speaking out against the newest collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and NFLPA on Wednesday.
Rodgers–who sought to increase the amount of free time players have in the offseason–said he felt obligated to vote no after conversations with his teammates, also suggesting the players were blindsided by the proposal to add an extra game to the regular season schedule.
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— Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12) February 26, 2020
The newest CBA would indeed institute a 17-game schedule, a change that has been frequently discussed but never actually finalized. Players such as San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman have been adamant in their opposition to a 17-game schedule.
Rodgers noted if the NFL wants to add an extra game, they need to build in more free time to the offseason so players have enough “recovery time.”
In addition to a potential 17th game, the new CBA would also add an extra playoff team to each conference while allowing for just one bye from each conference’s top seed. Players would also receive the highest revenue share of any American professional sport.
Player reps voted 17-14-1 on the proposed CBA, and the next step will be a union-wide vote which will ultimately determine whether the changes come into effect in 2020. Should the changes fail to garner a simple majority, the 2020 season will proceed under current CBA provisions.
The full union vote is not expected to occur before the next few weeks, so there will likely be plenty of discussion between team reps and their constituents.