The path to a 2020 NFL season became much clearer on Friday after NFL Players Association (NFLPA) player representatives approved the league’s proposed changes to the collective bargaining agreement.
The parties agreed to adjust the salary limit after loss of earnings and guidelines for players who choose not to play this season due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Parameters have also been established for dealing with guaranteed salaries in case the league does not play a full season.
“Our NFLPA council of representatives voted 29-3 against the proposed changes to the 2020 collective bargaining agreement to protect the health, safety and financial well-being of our players,” NFLPA said in a statement.
With the agreement, the training camps will start on schedule Tuesday, the same day the COVID-19 tests around the competition will begin. That will be followed by a second round of testing on the fourth camp day.
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Players who test negative twice may enter the team facilities and the camp continues. Daily tests will take place during the first two weeks of the camp and every other day thereafter if the positive rate is below 5 percent at that time.
The parties had already agreed to cancel all preseason games and to reduce the number of roster spots in the training camp from 90 to 80. Teams have until 16 August to get to 80 players.
The Texans and Chiefs have veterans scheduled to arrive in camps this weekend as they meet in the season opener on September 10.