NFL Reporter: Players Split On Proposed CBA

Many NFL stars, such as Aaron Rodgers, do not like the proposed CBA, while lower-level players are very much open to it

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
February 27, 2020 - 8:57 am
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As the NFL tries to pass a new CBA, several star players – including Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson – have been outspoken in their opposition to it. Many players oppose the franchise tag, the 17th game, and do not feel the owners care enough about player safety, among other grievances.

Other players, however, would be happy with a 17th regular-season game. Why? Because it’s more money.

“There’s basically tiers,” KOA Denver Sports reporter Brandon Krisztal said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “Aaron Rodgers, J.J. Watt, Russell Wilson, they don’t want the new CBA to be ratified because they don’t think it’s taking care of the players enough, but those guys are millionaires that, if they were to retire tomorrow, they don’t have to work. When the lower-level worker hears that they’re going to get $100,000 added to their salary – and they’re making $510,000 and they could make $610,000 – they know they’re not Aaron Rodgers or J.J. Watt or Russell Wilson. Not that they don’t think they have a place in the league, but they don’t think they’re going to be in the league for a decade or 12 years.”

Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey posted a profanity-laced video on Twitter explaining his opposition to the CBA, while Rodgers posted a detailed explanation behind his no vote.

“You’ve got a split between the haves and the have-nots, if you will,” Krisztal said. “There’s enough guys on the lower side that – the sense I get talking to people around the league – is it’s going to get passed because these players on the bottom half want to get it done so they don’t have a work stoppage and they don’t have to worry about [where] their next check is coming from.”