NFL’s free agency period: NFLPA hits pause on talks with players
The NFLPA has put the brakes on talks between players and the league about player-player contracts, saying it will focus on negotiating the new collective bargaining agreement.
The union said Monday that the process has not been fruitful and the talks have not yet led to a satisfactory resolution.
The league, the union and the players’ union all have their own contracts in place.
The players’ association has already put the process on hold, and it has yet to officially announce any changes.
Players are set to hold the start of free agency Monday.
The league and the union have been negotiating the league’s new CBA, which will be put to voters in March.
The labor agreement will be a key issue in the 2016 election, and many of the candidates who have promised to repeal the deal say they want to give players the ability to negotiate with their employers for higher pay and longer contracts.
The union and some players’ representatives have said they would like to keep the current system in place, and the current CBA does not address that.
Players and their representatives have repeatedly said the CBA is unfair to players.
The unions have said that’s not the case.NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told ESPN.com that the league has been working closely with the players to try to reach an agreement.
McCarthy did not say if the union or the players are on the same page.
“The parties are working diligently to reach a conclusion and we’re very hopeful that we can resolve this matter as soon as possible,” McCarthy said in a statement.NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith said the union was disappointed by the decision.
“This agreement is not what the players want and we are disappointed that the union has decided to hold off until we are able to have a definitive resolution to this issue,” Smith said in the statement.
The agreement has become a source of contention between the two sides.
The current CAA gives players the right to bargain collectively for longer contracts than their current contracts.
The NFL has made no changes to the CAA.
Players have also raised concerns about the amount of money they are entitled to.
Players’ representatives, who have called for the current deal to be reinstated, say players will be able to make up the difference.
The new CAB will provide an additional $2 million to each player’s salary, $2.5 million for every year of service and $2,000 per game for each team.
Players have been allowed to work out of the new contract until 2021.
The NFL and players’ unions have also agreed to allow players to opt out of their current CABs if they feel the contract isn’t fair.NFL Players Association President Eric Winston told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Thursday that the agreement “has been very disappointing” to him.
“We’ve had the opportunity to negotiate a better deal for our players and we’ve been working very hard, and we believe we’ve gotten that deal,” Winston said.
“I’m very disappointed that we’re not moving forward on this.”
The NFLPA also says it has not seen any evidence that players will benefit financially from the new CAA, nor that it is working toward a solution.
In addition to the new deals, the league and players are negotiating the future of their existing CBA.
The two sides have agreed to a new Collective Bargaining Agreement that will be in place through 2020.
Players are due to meet again on the new agreement this month.
The two sides are also negotiating a new labor agreement.