Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is generally pretty outspoken on issues facing the league. That is the case with the current collective bargaining agreement proposal.
A majority of the NFL owners have voted on a CBA proposal that would on significant changes to the league. The biggest change, which has drawn the most attention: a 17th game added to the schedule. That would obviously be a big revenue generator for the league. At the same time, it would unbalance schedule, present contractual issue, and most importantly, present big injury and player health concerns.
Earlier today, Adam Schefter reported that Rodgers was one of the “biggest objectors” to the proposal. He serves as the Packers’ player rep, and reportedly had some particular concerns. Among them is the off-season schedule, especially if the players accept the 17th game.
“With an extra game added to the schedule, added risk, and longer stretches before and after the bye week, we felt it was important to address adding more offseason recovery time,” Rodgers wrote in a new statement about his vote. “The ideas discussed would not add costs for teams, in fact if anything, would lessen some of them.” The Packers QB posted his lengthy response on Twitter. Ultimately, he is a “no” on the CBA proposal.
My thoughts. # pic.twitter.com/VOmCSNiI4f
— Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12) February 26, 2020
Aaron Rodgers says that he made his voting decision after consulting other players on his team:
“My decision to vote No is based off of the conversations I have had with the men in my locker room that I’m tasked to represent. This deal will affect every player that ever lays this game and we have made this decision with only an abbreviated version of the deal and that isn’t good enough.”
He acknowledges that the proposal does have some positive impacts floated so far. It should also be noted that Rodgers is one of the NFL’s highest-paid players, and they are more proportionally impacted by the 17th game proposal. The additional game check would be capped at $250,000 per player, per reports.
According to Adam Schefter, the player reps voted 17 to 14 (with one player electing not to vote) to move the CBA proposal to a full player vote. With guys like Rodgers, Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, and Maurkice Pouncey coming out aggressively against it though, there is some real momentum against it passing.