If a team exercises the option for the fifth year of its first-round pick, this option is fully guaranteed. From now on, a five-year injury option is only guaranteed at the time of fiscal year and will not be converted into a full-fledged warranty until the beginning of the league year in which the option is valid for the fifth year. Teams must decide on options for the fifth year before the player`s fourth season (which is not a change from the previous contract), so the full warranty at that time could influence the decisions of some teams. During Thursday`s meeting, the owners agreed to advance under the final year of the 2011 CBA if the players do not accept the negotiated terms. The current CBA between the NFL and the NFLPA expires after the 2020 season. Thursday and Friday were important days for negotiations between players and NFL owners. On Thursday, the owners voted in favour of this CBA proposal, which has been under negotiation between the two parties since April last year. The current CBA ends after the 2020 season. This made it clear that things could move both sides towards a happy conclusion. First, more money, in the form of a larger share of the league`s revenue from 2021. This year, players will receive 47% of all league revenues, based on their current CBA number.
According to the NFLPA memo, the extension of the postseason to two teams is expected to generate $150 million, and 47% of them are $70.5 million. This will be additional revenue for players they would not have received without the playoff expansion. In the 2020 agreement, a 17th regular-season game for teams can be added to the NFL`s game plan either during the 2021, 2022 or 2023 NFL season and the playoffs will be extended from 12 to 14 teams starting this season. After the owners voted to extend the playoffs on April 2, 2020, playoff teams will go from 12 to 14 teams, with six Wild Card playoff games instead of four and two teams receiving first-round playoff byes instead of four.  The preseason is reduced from four games to three in seasons with 17 regular season games.  Never say never, but the most likely outcome is that the owners would instead impose work rules described in their last offer in good faith, and keep the league operating within those rules until a new agreement is reached with the players. And while players could challenge that in court, there is no guarantee they would win it. NEW YORK (AP) – NFL owners will meet Thursday in Manhattan to discuss ongoing negotiations with the Players Association on a new collective bargaining agreement. Both sides completed the task just before the start of the 2020 league, so most of the changes to the agreement will take effect in March. Negotiations began in April 2019, nearly two years before the last CBA expired, and ended with an agreement less than a year later.
The current active agreement was ratified in 2020 and covers the 2030 season and includes changes in the league`s revenue distribution, increases in player benefits and improvements in health and safety, and an increase in the regular season to 17 games played and increased limits for active executives and training teams.