The 2020 NFL season will go on as scheduled.
On Friday, the NFL and NFL Players Association reached a deal to modify the Collective Bargaining Agreement amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The NFLPA Executive Committee voted unanimously to recommend the proposed changes to the CBA, and player reps approved.
The agreement will allow training camps to start on time, and adjust the salary cap due to the loss of ticket revenues this season.
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Here are some of the reported details of the NFL and NFLPA's agreement:
- Training camps are set to open on time on July 28.
- Teams have the option to trim roster sizes in training camp from 90 to 80 players.
- No more than 80 players can be in the same facility at once.
- Salaries and incentives will go away if the 2020 season is forced to stop. Players who lose guaranteed money will be refunded later.
- The 2020 salary cap of $198.2 million will remain in place.
- Players can take a COVID-19 opt out if a family member is sick.
Full practices will not be permitted until the 21st day of camp. Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated has the full timeline below:
Per sources, camp timeline in the NFL's proposal ...— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) July 24, 2020
Day 1: Testing/virtual meetings.
Days 2-3: Virtual meetings.
Day 4: Testing/virtual meetings.
Days 5-6: Physicals.
Days 7-15: Strength and conditioning (with a day off.)
Day 16: Practice starts.
Day 21: First padded practice.
New England Patriots players will undergo COVID-19 testing next Monday and Tuesday. For those who test negative, the official reporting date is Friday, July 31.
The NFL season is set to begin Sept. 10 with the Kansas City Chiefs taking on the Houston Texans.