Nick Sundberg-RG3 Twitter duel spotlights CBA challenges

Chris Lingebach
February 26, 2020 - 7:35 pm

NFL players around the league are publicly voicing their opinions on the new collective bargaining agreement proposal.

The new CBA proposal has already been approved by the league's owners, and now needs agreement from the other side of the negotiating table: the players themselves.

Early Wednesday morning, the NFLPA announced its board of player representatives had voted to send the proposed agreement to the full player membership for a final vote. That requires just a simple majority for approval, which, if given, would ensure labor peace for the next decade and no potential labor stoppage when the current CBA expires after the 2020 season. A time for that vote hasn't been announced.

Until it is, the players are left to express their opinions online, where they may resort to squabbling or, in some cases, engaging in healthy discussions about some very important topics that not every player will agree upon.

For instance, a player who's already made a ton of money may not see eye to eye with someone making league minimum, who's not assured another paycheck week to week. By taking these discussions public, as Nick Sundberg and Robert Griffin III – Redskins teammates from 2012 to 2015 – did Wednesday evening, it exposes fans to the human element of these intense negotiations that can too easily be lost in the headlines.

What's more, it shows the imperfect nature of the negotiations, that whether a deal is ultimately reached or not, unanimity is an ideal goal but a near impossible task. It also shows the power of the owners, which, as Sundberg points out below, have already threatened the cease negotiations until next February, which would further impede future negotiations for the players by putting them in the crucible of a looming lockout threat.

As you can see, these are real concerns voiced by real people, faced with the gripping burden of negotiating a better future for players past, present and future.

And finding a happy medium won't be easy.