Tucker: Proposed CBA "Much, Much Better Deal Than The Last One"

Ross Tucker explains why the proposed CBA, even with an added game and expanded playoffs, is a good deal for the players

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
February 21, 2020 - 8:39 am
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As the NFL negotiates the new collective bargaining agreement, it would like to expand the regular season from 16 games to 17 and expand the playoffs from 12 teams to 14.

While this may seem like owners simply demanding more from the players, former NFL offensive lineman and current analyst Ross Tucker believes this is a good deal for both sides – especially the players.

“Overall, it’s a much, much better deal than the last one,” Tucker said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “Anybody that wants to bash the terms or bash the NFLPA, you really should be bashing them for nine years ago. That becomes the starting point for the negotiations and it makes it hard to make a whole lot of big gains – and they have. If you look at almost every category across the board, player health conditions, less practice time, less contact, the minimum goes up a percent, it’s in shorter time periods – they’re making gains across the board.

“As for the 17th game, I think the NFLPA did a good job acting like that was a huge concession,” Tucker continued. “But most of the dollars that they’ll get from that are from television, and the players get more than 50 percent of the television money. [People say], ‘The owners, they just want the extra game and the extra [money].’ The players benefit more from that than the owners do.”

Still, many players and analysts believe the NFL is being hypocritical. The league says it cares about player safety, yet wants players to play more games?

“The Patriots play 17 games, at least, every year, and those guys don’t seem to be any worse for the wear, No. 1,” Tucker said. “No. 2, when you think about the amount of money that would be injected into the system for the salary cap based on one extra game . . . with the exception of maybe two or three crazy-rich guys like your starting quarterback, every dude would be like . . . ‘Heck yeah, I want to do that. Let’s do that,’ I mean, you’ve already gone through training camp at that point, you’ve already gone through the whole season, one more week, another $150,000 – which is the minimum of what the equivalent will be for each player in the cap – heck yeah they would do it. I wonder sometimes if guys really understand the economics.”

J.J. Watt weighed in on the proposed changes, tweeting, “Hard no on that proposed CBA.”

Tucker had mixed thoughts on that tweet.

“I respect J.J.,” he said, “but that’s easy to say when you’ve made $83 million.”