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Proposed CBA would cover 11 years, not 10

Wild Card Round - Tennessee Titans v New England Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - JANUARY 04: Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots reacts as they take on the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 04, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. The Titans won 20-13. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

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The document provided by the NFL Players Association to all players has plenty of details about the proposed CBA. Some are surprising.

Reportedly a 10-year deal that would go through 2029 (like the 2011 10-year CBA that runs from 2011 through 2020), the summary sent by the union to all players specifies at the very bottom of the 10-page document that the CBA covers the 2020 season through the 2030 season.

That’s not a 10-year deal. It’s an eleven-year deal. And that’s fine, if the players want to commit for that long. But they need to know that they’re doing so.

As a practical matter, 10 or 11 years doesn’t mean much, since most of them will be retired by the time the extra year rolls around. Still, they need to realize the extent of the commitment before voting for or against it.